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I have lived in various cities in Germany for 7 years. A couple of years I spend in the north. I have purchased my first digital camera towards the end of my stay there, so sadly most of the photos I took in Germany are on prints of relatively low quality. My trip to Schwerin was one of the first with the digital camera.

I am very much surprised to see that there are not many photos from Schwerin on TrekEarth. The major attraction of Schwerin is a beautiful castle, one of a kind, definitely worth a trip. However, when I visited it was covered with scaffoldings, I could enjoy its beauty but I couldn’t take a decent photo. That is why instead of the castle I share here the pic taken on the square in front of the railway station, Grunthalplatz. Its name comes from Marianne Grunthal. Please read her touching story below.

Marianne Grunthal (31 January 1896 - 2 May 1945, Schwerin) was a German teacher who was executed under the Nazi regime for expressing her wish for peace.
In 1945, after having heard the news of Hitler's death, Grunthal had called out aloud with relief, "Gott sei Dank, dann ist der furchtbare Krieg endlich zu Ende". (English: "Thank god, then this terrible war will be over at last", different version: "Thank God, then there will be peace".) She was heard by SS guards who were on their way to bring prisoners from Ravensbrück and Sachsenhausen concentration camps on so-called death marches towards the west. For having spoken this single sentence, Grunthal was hanged by SS men on 2 May 1945 on the Schwerin Central Station square - only hours before American troops entered the city.
Today, the station square is named after Marianne Grunthal, as is a street in Zehdenick. The lamp post on which she was hanged is still standing, bearing a memorial plaque.

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