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Abandoned Village Wollseifen

This village was located close to the NSDAP training centre at Vogelsang (which can also be visited not far away). After the war, the British Army took over the area as a training ground, and the inhabitants were forcibly removed. A copy of the "Accommodation Demand" or "Besetzungsbefehl" (the German word is perhaps more accurate…), is visible on the Information board. Only 3 of the original buildings remain, including the church and the school, although numerous foundation blocks can still be found: The School also houses an exhibition, including photos of training exercises in the area. The other buildings are military constructions for training purposes. The British ceded the area to the Belgian army in 1950, which finally withdrew in 2006, and the land became part of the Nationalpark Eifel.

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  • Text: Matthew Lodder
  • Photos: Matthew Loder