The Niederwald Memorial above Rüdesheim shows Germania, the personification of the Second German Reich, born in the victorious 1870/71 war against France.
After the total German defeat in WW II, the lady was still intact, living in Hessia on Rhine river's right bank and therefore in the American zone of occupation.
The French, having occupated Rhineland-Palatinate on the river's left bank and facing the intact symbol of a defeated enemy only two kilometers away as the crow flies, asked the Americans to blow her up.
Thank God, U.S. military refused to do so.
Thank God, a history of 74 years of antagonism and aggression has been followed by 69 years of peace and a growing mutual understanding.
Five more years, please!
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mesutilgim (79882) 2014-06-11 12:32
Not only the capture itself but also the given title and the notes makes your entry a perfect TE entry.
TFS and best regards
Noel_Byrne (20664) 2014-06-11 14:48
Fascinating post, I have never heard of this figure, and the sculpture of it is imposing and actually quite beautiful. Really great note too, thanks for sharing.
All the best
- Copyright: Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) (905)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-06-08
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Canon 5 D Mark II, 24-105mm F/4L IS USM
- Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-06-11 12:24