The Dietramszell Hindenburg monument is finally history
Created: 05/14/2022, 12:00 p.m
By: Volker Ufertinger
Until last Monday, the Hindenburg monument hung to the left of the entrance on the Dietramszell monastery wall.
Now there is only one hole.
The debate about the Hindenburg monument on the monastery wall kept the community in suspense for a while.
Now she's gone - and is coming to the museum with the bust.
– Since Monday, the Hindenburg monument on the monastery wall in Dietramszell has finally been history.
According to Mayor Josef Hauser, a stonemason removed the natural stone slab and the base of the former bust.
The text was engraved on the plate: "General Field Marshal Reich President Paul von Hindenburg Dietramszell 1922 - 1932".
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Hauser emphasizes that the work was "professionally carried out".
It was important that the plate was not damaged.
She is now moving with the bust to the House of Bavarian History in Regensburg.
“These objects will then be used together in suitable exhibitions there.” The bust, stone slab and base will be handed over “promptly”.
For the time being, according to the museum, everything is going into the depot.
The bust of Paul von Hindenburg hung on the Dietramszell monastery wall from 1939 to 2014.
Only when the Americans invaded did she disappear for a while.
© Hans Lippert / Archive
The bust with the likeness of Paul von Hindenburg hung more or less unnoticed on the Salesian convent wall for many decades.
It was installed in a ceremony in 1939, shortly before Germany's war of aggression against Poland - the beginning of the Second World War.
The bust was donated by Hermann Esser, who lived in Thankirchen at the time and was State Secretary in the Reich Ministry for Propaganda at the time of the ceremony.
The executive artist was Josef Thorak, an Austrian sculptor treasured by the Nazis.
The bust served to glorify the field marshal from the First World War and to prepare for the upcoming great war.
The role of Hindenburg, who vacationed in Dietramszell for ten years, has been critically examined in recent years, especially through the biography of Wolfram Pyta.
In 2014, the Munich artist Wolfram Kastner dismantled the bust.
In Hindenburg he saw a war criminal and a direct precursor of Adolf Hitler.
The campaign attracted national attention.
The bust remained in the care of Florian von Schilcher, whose ancestors were friends of Hindenburg.
In a symposium in 2019, the community reviewed the Hindenburg issue.
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