On the last day of our battlefield tour to Hurtgenwald  on Sunday August 30th, 2009 we visited NS-Ordensburg Vogelsang  in the hart of Eifel National Park. We were guided through the complex by a Belgian guide, who was stationed at Vogelsang gelegerd during his military service when Vogelsang was a Belgian barracks in the period 1950-2006. He succeeded in giving a humoristic undertone to this emotive subject. Before the war Vogelsang was built by nazi architect Robert Ley. It should be a training institute for future party leaders in the Third Reich. The students were called Junkers.  They put themselves entirely in the service of Hitler and his Nazi doctrine. In 1939, the Junkers were all in the army because of the invasion of Poland. This brought the program to a halt. During the war, Vogelsang used as barracks. It hit at the end of the war severely damaged. After the war Vogelsang became a army base. From 1945 to 1950 for the Americans and from 1950 on a Belgian army base. In 2006, the building was returned to the Bundesregerung and Vogelsang will become a central point in the Eifel natural park.

When we visited Vogelsang it was still in good original condition. I liked the cinema that the Belgians had built. Still in the style of the '50s

The Junkers posing for the complex Vogelsang. The large dining room Vogelsang.
The Junkers posing for the complex Vogelsang.

The large dining room Vogelsang.

The lecture Luchtfoto van het imposante complex Vogelsang.

The lecture

Luchtfoto van het imposante complex Vogelsang.

Visit of a Romanian official accompanied by the Vogelsang architect Dr. Robert Ley. Vogelsang was a closed community. The highlights for the Junkers took place at Vogelsang, such as a wedding.
Visit of a Romanian official accompanied by the Vogelsang architect Dr. Robert Ley. Vogelsang was a closed community. The highlights for the Junkers took place at Vogelsang, such as a wedding.
Natuurlijk kwam de Fuhrer Adolf Hitler ook op bezoek op Vogelsang. Hij arriveerde in zijn Mercedes en onder het brengen van de nazigroet verwelkomde de leiding en de Junkers hem Natuurlijk kwam de Fuhrer Adolf Hitler ook op bezoek op Vogelsang. Hij arriveerde in zijn Mercedes en onder het brengen van de nazigroet verwelkomde de leiding en de Junkers hem
Ofcourse the fuehrer Adolf Hitler also visited Vogelsang. He arrived in his Mercedes welcomed by Junkers bringing the nazi salute.
Left how Vogelsang was. The building had two floors. Right the comparison photo that I made. One floor had gone, but it seems quite how it was.
Het complex Vogelsang and outbuildings which housed the Junkers. The Nazis loved art with great nude figures that were large and expressing power. At Vogelsang was this image of a torch carrier.
Het complex Vogelsang and outbuildings which housed the Junkers.
 
The Nazis loved art with great nude figures that were large and expressing power. At Vogelsang was this image of a torch carrier.
Remarkable was the great tower of Vogelsang The dining room
Remarkable was the great tower of Vogelsang
 

The dining room

In de ontspanningsruimte voor de Junkers bevond zich een open haard. Wanneer Veldmaarschalk Hermann Goring, hoofd van de Luftwaffe en plaatsvervanger van Hitler, een bezoek bracht aan Vogelsang stond hij graag bij deze open haard terwijl hij verhalen vertelde over de jacht en de vliegerij, terwijl de Junkers aan zijn lippen hingen. Van deze open haard maakte ik een vergelijkingsfoto. In the relaxation room for the Junkers was a fireplace. When Field Marshall Hermann Goering, head of the Luftwaffe and Hitler's deputy, visited Vogelsang he was happy with the fireplace as he told stories about hunting and flying, while the Junkers were hanging on his every word. Of this fireplace I made a comparison photo.
The Junkers are appointed at the parade ground.
The Junkers are appointed at the parade ground.  
The Nazi's loved mistical meetings with torches in the dark night. That also happened on Vogelsang. Een soort tempel waarin de ubermensch aanbeden kan worden, met het doel de Junkers te vormen naar Nationaal Socialistische leer. A kind of temple where the so called 'Ubermensch' could be warshipped with the aim of forming the Junkers to the National Socialist doctrine.
The Nazi's loved mistical meetings with torches in the dark night. That also happened on Vogelsang. Een soort tempel waarin de ubermensch aanbeden kan worden, met het doel de Junkers te vormen naar Nationaal Socialistische leer. A kind of temple where the so called 'Ubermensch' could be warshipped with the aim of forming the Junkers to the National Socialist doctrine.
View on Vogelsang, with the the torchbearer on the left. Pupils are guided at Vogelsang.
View on Vogelsang, with the the torchbearer on the left.

Pupils are guided at Vogelsang.
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Weer een vergelijkingsfoto. Nu de muziekplaats van Vogelsang. Links treedt het muziekkorps aan en rechts zoals ik de muziekplaats fotografeerde. Another comparison photo. Now the music stage of Vogelsang. Left the music corps entering the stage and right as I photographed the former music stage.
The platform Vogelsang is nearly unchanged. Left as it was in the Nazi period. On the right photo I made you see the gallery still at present. Even the eagle can be clearly seen in the comparison photo I took.
When we were on the parade ground of Vogelsang a promotionfilm was made for the national park Eifel of which Vogelsang will become the centre. Deze opname maakte ik van de binnenplaats van Vogelsang. Kenmerkend zijn de donkerbruine leistenen, afkomstig uit het Eifengebergte, dat gebruikt is voor de bouw van Vogelsang.
When we were on the parade ground of Vogelsang a promotionfilm was made for the national park Eifel of which Vogelsang will become the centre. This photo I made of the courtyard of Vogelsang. Characterized by its dark brown slate, from the Eifenmountens used for the construction of Vogelsang.
Again a comparison photo. This one the entrance gate to Vogelsang.

These photographs I made while I was walking along the Vogelsang gallery.

From 1950 to 2006 Vogelsang was a Belgian military complex. During the Cold War Belgian soldiers in Germany were housed here
We are standing in front of the main building of the former Belgian barracs. This photo I made of the main building of the Belgian barracs, part of Vogelsang. Typically is the stone used for the entire complex, which is extracted from the Eifel mountains.
We are standing in front of the main building of the former Belgian barracs. This photo I made of the main building of the Belgian barracs, part of Vogelsang. Typically is the stone used for the entire complex, which is extracted from the Eifel mountains.
From the parade ground a magnificant view on the Eifel. The cinema the Belgian built on Vogelsang.
From the parade ground a magnificant view on the Eifel. The cinema the Belgian built on Vogelsang.
When the Belgian soldiers were stationed at Volgelsang, they built a beautiful theater. Breathes the atmosphere of the '50s.
At the entrance gate of Vogelsang this beautiful woodwork can be seen. It is an eagle with a lantern in his mouth. I saw this eagle at the entrance to Vogelsang. Apparently the top half is cut off.
At the entrance gate of Vogelsang this beautiful woodwork can be seen. It is an eagle with a lantern in his mouth. I saw this eagle at the entrance to Vogelsang. Apparently the top half is cut off.
 
In 1945 a heavy damaged Vogelsang was found by the Americans In 1945 a heavy damaged Vogelsang was found by the Americans
In 1945 a heavy damaged Vogelsang was found by the Americans. In 1945 a heavy damaged Vogelsang was found by the Americans.
Vogelsang was tijdens de koude oorlog een oefenterrein voor de geallieerde strijdkrachten in Duitsland.
During the Cold War, Vogelsang was a training ground for the Allied forces in Germany.
 
Militaire oefening op het terrein van Vogelsang (1974) Building a bridge at Camp Vogelkamp.

Building a bridge at Camp Vogelkamp.

Militaire oefening op Vogelsang.