Mr E. Callaghan, 12 Carisbrooke Avenue, Bexley, Kent.
Members who have attended the last two reunion AGMs or
have read the minutes on our website will know that over the last year we
have made representations to the Landkreis Helmstedt and to the
Bürgermeister of Königslutter for permission to erect an inscribed memorial
on the site of the old camp at Langeleben now that it has been finally
The Helmstedt Council replied that although they where
fully in favour of our request and would do all they could to help us in our
endeavours their hands were tied because the ownership of the land was still
in dispute and the plan was for the site to return back to its former
environment as part of the Elm, a National Trust beauty spot.
In further correspondence with Herr Ottomer Lippelt,
the Bürgermeister of Königslutter it was decided that a memorial inscribed
with mutually agreed text and graphics, both in the English and German
language, could ideally be placed on a site only 300 metres from the old
camp opposite the Kinderheim (now an old folks home) and the Falkenheim
(Youth Hostel). The entrance to the site is in a lay-by which has access to
walking paths into the forest and is widely used by the local population and
is also close to an area of a “natural cemetery” where family and friends
can legally scatter the ashes of their loved ones.
On our recent visit to Königslutter we had a meeting
with the Deputy Bürgermeister Martin Knof and a representative from the
local masonry school Herr Gunter Dittman who was interested in assisting us
by utilising the school students in creating a memorial to agreed
specifications. The son of one of our members, Paul Ellis who is a
stonemason of some repute and is currently working on a long term contract
in Lincoln Cathedral has offered his services (at expenses only terms) on
design and even on implementation by liaising with the masonry school in
Königslutter. Paul, whose late Mother came from Königslutter is prepared to
travel to Germany
on our behalf.
At our recent AGM held in the Königshof hotel in
Königslutter on 2nd June 2007 it was decided that we should
canvass all our members with their ideas on the form and inscription of the
memorial, both graphics and text; we have not fully budgeted the enterprise
but would possibly expect to pay some £3000-£4000 for the finished product.
Obviously present association funds could not cover this expense so we are
asking for voluntary donations from you, our membership.
On the actual wording of the memorial we are looking to
keep away from the military aspect of our tenure at the camp but to
emphasise our fondness for the area and our friendship and interaction with
the local population.
DRAWINGS & location photographs of
PROPOSED WORDING of the Memorial (pdf)
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We hope to have the memorial finished within the next
year for the inauguration ceremony on our next German reunion in 2009.
Please send your
ideas and memorial donation to our Treasurer Gerry Kane at
39 Lacey Court,
Shepshed, Loughborough. LE129QY.
(Cheques to be
made out to Langeleben Reunion Association.)
Thanking you all, I remain yours most sincerely.
Ernie Callaghan (Secretary)