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13th September 2015
11 am

Launch of the museum´s new showroom:
“Cultural camp life in the Oflag VI A”
 Ceremony with music and talks

17th May 2015

International Day of the Museum:

11am-5pm Open Door
2pm Guided tour through the French chapel

24th April 2015

5pm annual conference

17th April 2015

5pm memorial event commemorating the liberation of the Oflag VI A


A review of our society’s year 2014

“Day by day” business with guided tours and the sacral use of the French chapel aside, three projects were able to develop our society’s work last year:

In the long-term, an educational program is indispensable for any memorial site. At long last, we are also able to offer such a pedagogical program to schools. Our first school class visited us in October, in order to dedicate themselves to the history of the Oflag VI A in an interactive manner.

A particular highlight in our society’s work was the art exhibition “AugenBlicke”, which took place in connection with the SoestArt project, featuring art in (un)usual places. The exhibition displayed 49 expressive graphics of renowned artists of the 20th century, transforming Block 3 once more into a place of art and culture.

In October we welcomed 30 members of our partner society “Mémoire et Avenir” here in Soest. Part of the diversified cultural program was a German-French literary hour, prepared by pupils of the Aldegrevergymnasium. Our French friends were delighted and impressed to sit under the roof of Block 3 in the former university of their fathers and grandfathers.

A warm thank-you to anyone who has supported our work at this memorial site.

We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy new year.

Committee GFK

Program for our visitors from France

Thursday, 23rd October 2014

Late afternoon:    Arrival at the Hanse Hotel Soest
                          Evening free to everyone’s disposal

Friday, 24th October 2014

9:00 am       short service in the crypt of St. Patrokli church Soest

cultural-historical excursion inside the church followed by a guided tour through Soest

11:30 am     Official welcome in the Burghofmuseum by vice town mayor Christiane Mackensen

12:30 pm     departure for the Adam Kaserne
                   Snack at the Block 3 
Time to visit the French Chapel and the French museum

 Tower ascent possible

3:30-4:45pm free time – ride back to the hotel

5:00 pm            cultural program in Block 3’s former university inside the Adam Kaserne
                       Delivered by pupils of the Aldegrevergymnasium Soest
                       Directed by:   Linda Keil,
                                             Christiane Stadler  
                       Music by:            Werner Lindner
                        Film clips by:      Klaus-Dieter Schmidt

  1. Music 
  2. Quotes by Merkel und Hollande
  3. Goldschmidt: Un jardin en Allemagne
  4. Goldschmidt: Die Absonderung
  5. Music
  6. A. de Saint-Exupéry: Fairytale of the top hat
  7. Bernard Clavel: Scènes de l'occupation
  8. Music
  9. Rimbaud: Le dormeur du val
  10. Eluard: Et un sourire
  11. Barbara: Göttingen (with music)


                                       Evening free to everyone’s disposal

                      Saturday, 25th October 2014
                                            Day free to everyone’s disposal
                      7:00 pm          collective dinner at the Hotel Domhof

                      Sunday, 26th October 2014
                                            Departure at the Hanse Hotel


"Augen-Blicke" - graphic arts of the 20th century

April 10th 2014, 5.00 p.m., general meeting




Gedenkstätte Französische Kapelle Soest
Meiningser Weg 20
59494 Soest