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Pictures and Text from Kyritz and the Löcknitz Area

My great grandfather Ferdinand Wilhelm Radue was born in Kyritz in 1834. Here is a selection of images from my August 2001 trip to Kyritz and the surrounding area in Vorpommern, and the text of my narrative describing my adventure. It was originally written in installments for the Pommern (Pomerania) mailing list.

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1.Map.jpg
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2.Haus_am_See.jpg
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A little orientation: Löcknitz, my home base, is at upper left; Lebehn and Kyritz (red circle) are just to the right of center. My hotel in Löcknitz. Go for a row?
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4.Pfarramt.jpg
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5.Retzin1.jpg
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Here's where I toiled for two days. The church at Retzin. The prewar steeple was higher. Retzin: The rear window openings are original 13th century.
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Ausgezeichnet! "Through you, God, is the source of Life." There was a pipe organ before the war.
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10.Retzin_Street.jpg
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Looking back toward the church and Pfarramt. An old abandoned house behind the still used barn. Just a few kilometers from Retzin.
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14.Sonnenberg1.jpg
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A very pretty churchyard. Mid 1800s gravemarkers at the Sonnenberg Church. The church of Ferdinand Wilhelm Radue.
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There are flowers everywhere. A close as I could get. This is a large one!
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My little bubble car at the Glasow Church. The Glasow tower. WW II memorial at Glasow.
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23.Hohenholz.jpg
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Glasow again. The impressive but weathered Hohenholz Church. These two farmers were trying to beat the rain one evening.
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The Schwennenz tower. Schwennenz with its WW I memorial. The towerless Ladenthin Church.
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28.Kyritz1.jpg
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Downtown Kyritz. I guess you don't have to say "Street" when there is only one. Old farm buildings, Kyritz.
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The view from Kyritz. The Kyritz Pond, behind the reeds. Maybe Ferdinand swam here. The largest old barn buildings in Kyritz looked abandoned.
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Looking back to the Kyritz intersection. Newer houses in Kyritz. The red/yellow/black marker is on the Polish border.
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37.Windmills.jpg
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38.Reichstag.jpg
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These are plentiful in the area. The Reichstag in Berlin. "To the German People" A remaining section of the Berlin Wall.
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For the tourists: Checkpoint Charlie.

This page created September 8, 2001 on a Macintosh using PhotoPage by John A. Vink.
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