- Museum Geschichtsverein Hürtgenwald e.V., Pfarrer-Dickmann-Straße, Hürtgenwald, Allemagne
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For the purpose of remembrance and warning Museum Huertgen Forest 1944 and in Peacetime (Museum Hürtgenwald 1944 und im Frieden) tells the story of the so-called Battle of Huertgen Forest – and its consequences for the local population. The museum is run by volunteers. Almost all objects in the exhibition were collected in the Huertgen Forest area after the war.
The Battle of Huertgen Forest in the autumn and winter of 1944 took the lives of thousands of American and German soldiers. But not only these young men suffered. Villages, farmland and forest were utterly destroyed. The Museum Huertgen Forest 1944 and in Peacetime (Museum Hürtgenwald 1944 und im Frieden) therefore not only pays attention to the military confrontations, but also to the plight of the local population during and after the battle. When the evacuated inhabitants returned to their homes they saw the labour of generations annihilated. During the summer of 1945 forest fires burned for months and spontaneous explosions of unspent ammunition claimed the lives of many men, women and children. But with courage and dedication the local population took on the daunting task of rebuilding their lives and their land from scratch.
For the purpose of remembrance and warning the voluntary run Museum Huertgen Forest 1944 and in Peacetime (Museum Hürtgenwald 1944 und im Frieden) shows photos, documents and military artefacts to tell the story of the battle and its sad consequences.
The museum is run by volunteers. Almost all objects shown were collected in the Huertgen Forest area after the war.
The state of North Rhine-Westphalia, in western Germany, holds a deep industrial heritage. During WWII, the region housed the industrial Ruhr district, which was vital to the German war production, and therefore several cities and towns were totally destroyed. Nowadays,
The war took his family and his home. In 1945 Julius Erasmus returned to the Hürtgen Forest. On his own initiative he started to salvage the bodies of the soldiers who had died during the fighting. Altogether he buried 1.569 German soldiers who nowadays rest in the military cemetery in Vossenack.
During the autumn and winter of 1944/45, the longest battle of the Second World War on German soil took place in the Hürtgen Forest. With this battle, the war precipitated by the Nazi regime returned to Germany. The battle caused numerous casualties on both sides. For the American soldiers, it’s very name – with its first syllable ‘hurt’ – became a byword for injury and death.