Ev.-Lutheran chapel Oberbärenburg

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A romantic chapel with moving cemetery Feb 03, 2017
About five or six km north of Altenberg proper is the quaint village Oberbärenburg. It has a cute little chapel, built 1913 by Lossow & Kühne, the architects e.g. of the famous Leipzig train station. The chapel has a very cosy, intimate atmosphere and is very popular for weddings. The interior is originally preserved, except that the walls are now all white (done in the 1950s).

The pulpit is decorated with parables from the bible (e.g. Parable of the Tares, Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard). The nice stained-glass windows were donated by local families, their family crests are in each respective window. The organ is a very good work of of organ-builder Schuster from Zittau, created in 1978.

The chapel is always open during the day. Location is right on the sleepy "main" street.

When visiting the ev.-Lutheran chapel in Oberbärenburg, do not miss the small cemetery in the woods behind the chapel.

I was surprised to see mostly wooden crosses instead of - common in Saxony - gravestones here. Also, there are 17 graves of German WWII soldiers on this cemetery. You recognise them by the steel helmets on the wooden crosses (see pictures). Most of these soldiers died of their injuries in the hospitals, into which the hotels in Oberbärenburg were turned during the war. Thus some dates of passing are after 8 May 1945. Four of the soldiers, however, were shot on 14 May by Soviet soldiers in nearby Waldbärenburg.

In another communal grave are six former concentration camp prisoners buried who died on a death march going through the area.

The people of the ev.-Lutheran parish took good care of the graves during the communist era, despite the hostility from the authorities. Chapeau!
Ev.-Lutheran chapel Oberbärenburg
Ev.-Lutheran chapel Oberbärenburg
Ev.-Lutheran chapel Oberbärenburg
Ev.-Lutheran chapel Oberbärenburg
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