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How Verden presents itself

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Granted, it’s winter, drizzerable unless it’s snowing, and the dead leaves on this shrubbery looks awful, too. Maybe it takes more imagination to think of how green that valley will be.

"The answer to the question where we build our house significantly determines our well-being"

"The answer to the question where we build our house significantly determines our well-being"

But even if you don’t ask me, let me tell you that it is no street you should name after one of your town’s really worthy mayors. Bürgermeister-Dr.-Friedrichs-Allee? Not in my humble opinion. Choose a nicer place to name after him.

Mayor Hartmut Friedrichs (1922 – 2002), member of the centre-right CDU, mayor 1956 – 1961 and from 1970 – 1990, city councillor 1952 – 1992, two types of the Federal Cross of Merits and “Officer by the most Exellent Order of the British Empire”.

Old Entrance to the Brunnenwegkaserne

Old Entrance to the Brunnenwegkaserne

The place is apparently run by private investors which wants to build upper middle class houses there on the site of former military barracks, the Brunnenwegkaserne.

Another newly named street is next to the city centre, running from the Aller River to the town hall, and now named after Carl Hatzky (1865 – 1950). Carl Hatzky was a worker in a cigar factory, a trade unionist and a functionary with the regular social democrats (SPD). He ran a pub and was the workers’ and soldiers’ soviet after World War One.

“[Carl Hatzky’s] policy of accomodation and compromise made sure that the November Revolution didn’t bring about particular excesses,” wrote our local paper on January 3, with no further details.

But it’s true – there are many old Verdeners who fondly remember Hatzky’s old pub, and he probably wouldn’t complain about the street they chose to wear his name.

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Written by taide

January 25, 2009 at 9:03 am

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  1. […] British Army of the Rhine in Verden By taide In January, I wrote about the Brunnenwegskaserne barracks and the new building site there. As the barracks are demolished, they are logically missing on my […]


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