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My goodness - a picture thread starting with a lengthy text and a very unremarkeable photograph… What is, today, an innocent urban bicycle path, flanked by office buildings, appartments and government structures, was, until 1989, part of one of the most deadly borders in the world. The Berlin Wall was not made purerly of concrete along it’s entire length. Several canals formed part of the East / West border, among them the „Berlin-Spandauer Schifffahrtskanal“. Dozens of people tried to swim across these canals in attempts to escape from the so-called German Democratic Republic. Some drowned.
War Cemetary „Lohrer Wald“ (49°50'21.52"N; 7°49'38.21“E / 32U 415678 5521508) Tucked away in the midst of an untroubled woodland, there is one of the numerous war cemetaries bestowed upon Europe by the savagery of WW II, summoned up by Nazi Germany. This is the final resting place of more than 2.000 bodies gathered from temporary graves at battlefields and POW camps in the vicinity. The serenity of the surroundings is in stark contrast to the circumstances under which those who lie here must have perished. It is almost as if the generation of survivors wanted to hide their sorrow and gu