Germany


It seems that there are several editions of Kurt Hielscher's photoalbum of Germany with quite some differences in between the collection of the photos. This I realize only recently when somebody showed me the index of his 1925 copy. Before I assumed that the different editions were reprints of the first edition. Now this makes it more interesting to achieve other editions as well. Within the map I have included the places of my 1938 edition. Included are the territories belonging to East Prussia, today's parts of Poland and Kaliningrad Oblast in today's Russia. 


For me Germany was always our neighbouring country we passed through when going on our holiday trips abroad to Southeastern Europe or to Austria for skiing. Thanks to Kurt Hielscher's Germany photobook I found a way to discover and enjoy all those beautiful places in Germany I never actually thought of existed.

For me Germany was always our neighbouring country we passed through when going on our holiday trips abroad

Till now the only other edition I have in my possession is from 1941. I achieved in December 2019 just before a trip to the Czech Republic when I found out, by coincidence, that Kurt Hielscher included photos from occupied territories in the Czech Republic, Poland and for example France as well. I was shocked and baffled to see Kurt Hielscher incorporated photos from the Czech Republic in an edition of his Germany photobook published during the Second Wolrd War. On the other I could make rephotograph old photos in cities like Prague and for example Ceský Krumlov. I'll make a Czech Republic countrypage later and updat the text here. 


Working on it in Stralsund, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 28th of July 2020


View on Würzburg Castle and the Wohnmobilstellplatz, Würzburg, Bayern, 27th of December 2019


These photos were not the only reasons I was shocked, there is even more. I tell about that in my online presentation for the Geographical Society of Philadelphia. This edition also triggered me to find out more about Kurt Hielscher's life after the publication of the series of his photobooks and I will publish my findings here later on the subpage about Kurt Hielscher.  

To date most rephotos in Germany I made during the winter 2019-2020 trip to the Czech Republic (for example Limburg an der Lahn, Würzburg and Merseburg) and during our 2020 summerholidays (for example Raesfeld, Stralsund and Quedlinburg) and incidentally to Passau and Aachen as well.  


Camping in Quedlinburg, 7th of August 2020


Tangermünde, Sachsen-Anhalt, 7th of August 2020

Soest, Nordrhein-Westfalen, 12th of August 2020

Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, 29th of July 2020

In the footsteps of  Kurt Hielscher