Itzehoe Germanengrab am Galgenberg
Round Barrow in Schleswig-Holstein.
Big Round Barrow with a history.
In the town of Itzehoe.
What started as a Grave for a man and his wife, grew bigger and bigger and more and more graves where build on this barrow.
It is dated 1600 - 1200 BCE.
Later on, the Barrow was used as a Hangmans Hill.
For some 300 years the local murderers had a hard time on the Galgenberg.
The Barrow was excavated in 1937 and the 12 different graves where discovered. The also found a blue glass pearl, which is the oldest piece of glass found in Schleswig-Holstein.
The local Nazis jumped on the story and called the place 'Germanengrab'
The first 3 graves were restored,
and they build a huge circled enclosure arround it.
The Nazis planned to missuse the graves as a place to celebrate the german archetype, the Arian.
The place arround the Barrow was prepared for the shows of the SS, SA and Deutsche Wehrmacht.
see picture here:
After the war, the Round Barrow was restored to the original size. You can still visit the restored graves. There is a hallway and door in the barrow, and you can look on the graves through a lattice door.
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Photo taken in Itzehoe, Germany
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