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Wandsbek - Bovestrasse

 

In front of the school in the Bovestrasse in Wandsbek is an unusual bronze equestrian statue. It commemorates the days when warlike tribes from the steppes of Eastern Europe and Asia threatened the whole of Europe.

These feared warriors were the Huns.

They were barbaric, ruthless and fierce and defeated and destroyed every European army that stood in their way. In the year 1241 the Battle of Liegnitz (Wahlstatt) took place when hordes of Huns clashed with German, Polish and HUngarian knights. The knights were outclassed, too heavy, unmanoevrable, and the arrows of the Huns penetrated the European armour. The battle was lost by the Christian Europeans and Duke Heinrich of Silesia fell in the battle. His head was cut off by the Huns and put on a lance before the gates of the city of Liegnitz, which however, did not surrender. By a stroke of luck, the Hunnish-Mongolian Khan took ill and died, so that the Huns did not take advantage of their victory, and returned home.

The bronze was made by Oskar Erich Hösel in 1929.

 

It was unfortunate, that Kaiser Wilhelm addressed his embarking troops on the eve of the China war 1900/01, gave his famous "Hunnenrede", in which he drew comparisons with the ancient Huns, which caused a sensation in the international press at the time, and which brought about the insulting term of "Hun" as a synonym for a German during WW1. See also historic Daily Telegraph interview with the Kaiser in later years (1908).

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Photos taken on 26. October 2016. The statue is missing from the podest. No one seems to know what has happened to this statue, one source claimed it was dsmantled and brought back to Berlin at short notice, however there were no reports in the local news or newspapers about this. The statue had been a gift from Berlin in 1929 and had stood in Wandsbek ever since. Very mysterious. It is thought that metal thieves may have been at work as in many cases in the past few years. One big problem is open borders and no control.

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The statue that disappeared from it's base in the Bovestraße in Wandsbek has now turned up somewhere central in Berlin.

Another testimonial of the all-powerfull and undemocratic regime in present times in Berlin. Nobody was asked, no publicity, after nearly 120 years in Wandsbek, the statue disappeared and turned up in Berlin. It had once again been restored by the following firm:

Dempwolf-Restaurierung

Lübbener Str. 22

10997 Berlin

030.623 355 60

 

This was discovered recently in internet, now in Wikipedia

The statue is now in Berlin-Mitte on the Museumsinsel. It was decided to bring it to Berlin due to increasing number of metal thefts:

 

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hunne_zu_Pferde

 

 

Die Figur wurde 1895 aus Bronze gegossen und 1897 durch die Nationalgalerie erworben.[2] Bis 1929 stand sie im Kolonnadenhof der Alten Nationalgalerie auf der Museumsinsel in Berlin.[1] 1929 stellte sie der preußische Minister für Wissenschaft, Kunst und Volksbildung, Carl Heinrich Becker, der damaligen Volksschule an der Rennbahnstraße (heutige Schule an der Bovestraße) zu ihrer Einweihungsfeier zur Verfügung.[3] Vor dem Schulgebäude im Hamburger Bezirk Wandsbek stand der Hunne zu Pferde dann bis ins Jahr 2015.[4]

Aufgrund zunehmender Bronze-Diebstähle in Hamburg beschloss die Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, die Leihgabe nach Berlin zurückzuholen.[4] Seit dem 11. Dezember 2015 ist der Hunne zu Pferde nun wieder im Kolonnadenhof aufgestellt.[1]

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More information added, 8.Feb.2015

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