Friedrichstadt Germany

Danevirke, the old Wiking border between Germany and Denmark

There is a text underneath each picture

In 1864, we lost a war to Germany, and the loss of soldiers and land was intolerable. A part of Jutland where Henry and I live was lost. Not long ago, my husband discovered through genealogy studies that his great grandfather took part in that war and miraculously survived as he was caught among many other soldiers as they retreated a cold February night in 1864 from the old Danish border called Danevirke in the now Northern Germany.

Historical plaquette at Danevirke

Historical plaquette at Danevirke

More on Danevirke, please click on the link

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War memorial at Sankelmark near Danevirke for a war between Germany and Denmark 1864. The other side commemorates the fallen Austrian soldiers from the same battle.

War memorial at Sankelmark near Dannevirke for a war between Germany and Denmark 1864

War memorial at Sankelmark near Danevirke for a war between Germany and Denmark 1864. The other side commemorates the fallen Austrian soldiers from the same battle. In Denmark, our war memorials are less bombastic

The soldiers who were not caught after a nightly march were taken to a prisoner’s camp in South Germany where they were treated well. Those who were not caught continued to the next battle at Dybbøl which later was called “Slaughter Bench, Dybbøl”. Next year, July 2020, Denmark will celebrate the centenary of regaining some of the lost lands.

The Danish population south of the Danish border cherished the Danish flag Dannebrog in secrecy. They would lay out the flags on their hedges as they were not allowed to hoist their flag.

Dannebrog, the Danish flag from1100-1200, the world's oldest flag

Dannebrog, the Danish flag from 1100-1200, the world’s oldest flag

This last Saturday, we combined my interest in old prams and Henry’s to see his great grandfather’s battleground and took a two hours trip south of our Danish border.


Friedrichstadt on the river Eider was established by Duke Friedrich the third in 1621. He persuaded Dutch settlers to develop the area in turn of freedom of religion.

Pictures from this past Saturday. The pram was too big and too expensive so we shared a piece of cake instead.

In the old town, Stolpersteine laid by Gunter Demnig since 1992. It’s the world largest memorial as he is creating a copper stone on every last chosen address of Nazi victims in Germany and all the countries occupied by the Nazis. Last months we got Stolpersteine in Copenhagen too.

Rieckchen Heymann b. 1873 murdered in Treblinka, Adolf Heymann, b. 1873 killed in Treblinka, Edith Rosenberger nee Heymann b. 1903, escaped to the U.S.A. 1935, Rudolf Heymann drowned 1933

Rieckchen Heymann b. 1873 murdered in Treblinka, Adolf Heymann, b. 1873 killed in Treblinka, Edith Rosenberger nee Heymann b. 1903, escaped to the U.S.A. 1935, Rudolf Heymann drowned 1933

Israel and Rosa Behrend lived here. Were murdered in Treblinka

Israel and Rosa Behrend lived here. Were murdered in Treblinka

Rita Meier b.1928, the only  survivor in a family. She arrived in England via the Kindertransport.  The parents and older brother killed in Minsk 1941First stop Hamburg 1938, next Holland 1939 and finally England 1940

Rita Meier b.1928, the only survivor in a family. She arrived in England via the Kindertransport. First stop Hamburg 1938, next Holland 1939 and finally England 1940. The parents and older brother killed in Minsk 1941

four of the Stolpersteine in the street in Friedrichstadt where these people lived

four of the Stolpersteine in the street in Friedrichstadt where these people lived


Dark parts of history are hiding in a beautiful town or nature, and most people ignorantly pass by.

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  1. “…Dark parts of history are hiding in a beautiful town or nature, and most people ignorantly pass by.” – This was very moving! Glad you are there to share it with us so we can remember.

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