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Bamberg, Bavaria, Germany — Southern Germany (Scarplands and Alpine Region)
 

Bamberg's World War II Fallen and Missing

Bamberg Gedenktafel Tote des 2. Weltkriegs

 
 
Bamberg's World War II Fallen and Missing Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 13, 2012
1. Bamberg's World War II Fallen and Missing Marker
Inscription. [Marker text in German:]
Im Weltkrieg 1939-1945 fielen aus der Stadt Bamberg 1992 getreue deutsche Soldaten an den Fronten Europas u. Afrikas. Durch Bombenangriff gaben ihr Leben für die Heimat 242 Männer, Frauen, und Kinder. Vermisst blieben 1642 Brüder und Schwestern. Wir gedenken ihrer in unauslösbarer Dankbarkeit.

[Marker text translated into English, more or less:]
In World War II, 1939-1945, from the city of Bamberg fell 1,942 faithful German soldiers at the fronts of Europe and Africa. For the sake of their country the lives of 242 men, women, and children were lost to bombing. 1,642 of our brothers and sisters remain missing. We remember them with undying gratitude.
 
Location. 49° 53.506′ N, 10° 53.2′ E. Marker is in Bamberg, Bavaria. Marker is on Untere Brücke 0.1 kilometers east of Dominkanerstrasse, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Bamberg, Bavaria 96047, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Old Tollhouse (about 150 meters away, measured in a direct line); The Old Main Watch (approx. half a kilometer away).
 
More about this marker. The marker is mounted to the north side of the
Bamberg's World War II Fallen and Missing Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 13, 2012
2. Bamberg's World War II Fallen and Missing Marker - wide view
The marker is seen here to the right of the doorway on the north side of the old city hall (Altes Rathaus). The memorial plaque on the left side of the doorway memorializes the Jews and other victims of the Nazi regime.
Altes Rathaus (Old City Hall), which is reachable only by foot by walking onto the Lower Bridge (Untere Bruecke).
 
Also see . . .  We remember the fallen German soldiers with undying gratitude - NOT. The marker is not without controversy. It has been repeatedly vandalized. In this opinion piece, a member of the Pirate Party explains his approval of the vandalism and why the marker would be better off in a museum rather than its current location. (In German.) (Submitted on July 25, 2012.) 
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Memorial plaque for victims of the Nazi regime image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, July 13, 2012
3. Memorial plaque for victims of the Nazi regime
This plaque memorialize the Jewish citizens and all those who resisted, and who were violated, persecuted and murdered under Nazi tyranny. More than 600 Jews were deported from Bamberg and murdered during WW II.
Lower Bridge and Rathaus - Bamberg image. Click for full size.
By Detroit Publishing Company, circa 1905
4. Lower Bridge and Rathaus - Bamberg
Although over a century old, this postcard view of the Lower Bridge (Untere Bruecke) and Rathaus (Old City Hall) provides a good contextual view of the marker location, showing where the historical marker and memorial plaque would later be installed.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 674 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 25, 2012, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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