Nature – Letschin – Oderbruch becomes European cultural heritage – knowledge

Letschin / Golzow (dpa / bb) – It’s a good hour and a half from Berlin, is the most populated landscape in Europe and is no longer an indoor tip for day travelers. Now Oderbruch needs to become even more internationally known. The cultural landscape receives the European Heritage Label. This was announced by the European Commission on its website on Thursday. The Oderbruch landscape illustrates a people-shaped and immigration-shaped landscape and makes European history clear, he said. According to the Brandenburg Ministry of Culture, the title will be officially awarded in Brussels on 13 June 2022.

The cultural landscape was honored because the ideals and history of the EU are symbolized here in a special way, according to the Oderbruch Municipal Working Group on Cultural Heritage. “I’m happy and proud of the people in Oderbruch,” said co-initiator Frank Schütz, mayor of Golzow (Märkisch-Oderland). The project was implemented only through the cooperation of various communities and institutions. “It shows that small villages can do that. This is the first time in the history of the seal that an entire landscape receives this recognition.

Local actors had been trying to win the award for a long time. The most important force to push the project was a network of 40 cultural heritage sites, reported Oderbruch Museum director Kenneth Anders. The museum acted as a specialist and coordinating office. Architectural monuments, churches, colonial villages, and rooms of local history were included. According to Anders, the application for Brussels had been prepared for two years. People would have passed the idea on to bakers, in churches, and in community councils.

Only two projects – apart from Oderbruch, the Fulda Monastery and Petersberg Monastery in Hesse – were submitted by the German Conference of Education Ministers to the EU Commission for 2020. The coron pandemic had made further procedure more difficult. Among other things, applicants had not been able to travel to Brussels for a presentation on the European Commission. A decision was initially announced for the fall of last year.

The region arose after drainage almost 270 years ago and was settled by Prussian King Frederick II with columns from all over Europe. According to the working group, they created a water system on a large-scale Prussian land reclamation in the 18th century, which operates today with over 1200 kilometers of water, almost forty pumping stations and 300 dams and dams. A diverse rural area was created in which today more than 50,000 people live. In addition, the region is known as the “Berlin vegetable garden” because of its fertile soil.

“Oderbruch is a landscape populated by European immigrants, who have always lived by the fact that they have absorbed the influences of foreigners,” says Golzow Mayor Schütz, describing the region. Oderbruch would not exist without a Dutch plumbing engineer and would not have his various names without immigrants, he said.

“We are proud of ourselves and the work of more than ten generations who have continuously optimized the system and made it more environmentally friendly through system breakdowns and wars,” said Michael Böttcher from Oderbruchdorf Letschin – one of the key initiators of application. for the EU seal.

Museum director Anders points out that there is no financial contribution from Brussels for the recognition. It is already about the development of the project, which all municipalities can form together for the region. Funding for this can be applied through the working group – for example for education, exhibition and cultural development and tourism. The museum will receive support for the processes initiated and networking by the Ministry of Culture with a three-year grant of more than 400,000 euros by the end of 2024, the department announced on Thursday.

Since 2011, the EU Parliament and the Council of the EU have given the European Heritage stamp to cultural monuments, cultural landscapes and memorials that symbolize the European Union, common values ​​and the history and culture of the EU. The aim is to improve people’s understanding and appreciation of the common and diverse heritage of the European Union, especially young people.

Brandenburg’s Minister of Culture Manja Schüle (SPD) was pleased with the award for the region, which impressively reflects European cultural, intellectual and economic history. The high commitment of local actors shows: “The history of Brandenburg not only creates identity locally, but also tells about the future and represents a modern Europe”.

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