Village History: A village at the crossroads of nature, culture and politics

There are three villages in the Tollense valley that attract a very specific type of people: Wietzow, Tückhude and Hohenbüssow. The countries have a reputation for attracting a particularly large number of alternative living people. Among other things, this has to do with the fact that they are not far from Alt Tellin – and the pig farm that has been burned ever since.

The desire for a carefree life in the suburbs or even with nature can be felt in Hohenbüssow. Alina Wander and Simon Günzel have been living in the former mansion since 2016, which the couple bought with another family. While she was born in Flensburg, he grew up in Wietzow. The two met while studying in Halle. Wander studied culture and media, Günzel geography and economics.

Many pink crosses X

Both work today as independent project managers at the cultural and environmental workshop “WaWiTo” (Forest, Meadow and Tollense) in Tückhude, she as a cultural educator and he for environmental education projects and work camps. It is no coincidence that Günzel and Wander live here in Hohebüssow. “Nature is very important to us, as well as the people in the village. “We still talk a lot with each other here,” said Simon Günzel.

“We have a large community here and many children have plenty of space to play,” adds Alina Wander. Hohenbüssow is a place of culture and at the same time criticism of the agricultural industry is very high. If you walk down the street, you will see many pink X crosses, the symbol of the protest against the pig-raising facility in Alt Tellin. Wander tells of the ProVieh Theater opposite the palace house. Your neighbors Imre Bruck and Lisa Gehrlach also offer cultural highlights with their walking café and apple festival. “These cultural events are very important for many people in Hohenbüssow. In addition, Klempenow, Tückhude and Broock are very close by, where many other cultural events take place, ”reports Alina Wander.

Living in the bathroom

Hohenbüssow was once a spa, had a community center with a spa built around 1826. Today Møne and Olaf Spillner live there. They both settled there in 1985, but were able to purchase the property only after reunification. In the 66 years of his life, Spillner has experienced a lot: from 1972 he was an electrician at the Lubmin nuclear power plant for five years, then worked at the Stralsund Zoo and since reuniting as a painter and photographer. In 1992, Spillner was able to exhibit one of his paintings at Expo 1992 in Seville, Spain.

Møne and Olaf Spillner met in Dresden in 1977 and have been a couple ever since. Choosing village life over city life, Spillner says, was a conscious decision. “We have lived in many places. “But Hohenbüssow is the place where we have lived for a long time and nothing will change that,” said Olaf Spillner.

Criticism of the mast system

The year 2005 brought major changes when it was announced that the large pig breeding facility would be built in Alt Tellin. Both took part in protests against the pillar system, he combined his political resistance with his artistic work and publishes among others the Tollensetal Voice. “Essentially, when it comes to resistance, nonviolence is the only alternative. “It is precisely with culture that man can make peaceful resistance,” says Olaf Spillner.

“Eating is political” was written at the entrance of the ProVie Theater by Leo Kraus (63). He came to Hohenbüssow in 2000 with his partner Susan Eichloff (53). At the time he was still an actor at the Chamber Theater in Neubrandenburg and the former magazine belonged to Swiss Felix Klay. This saying makes sense to Kraus because he has been a vegetarian for 40 years. “It was a political decision because I do not eat mass-produced animals. “And when he buys meat, I do not know how the animals were kept,” said Leo Kraus, explaining his decision.

Self-catering with a clay oven

Initially, he helped Klay set up the cultural site, bought the warehouse in 2004, and founded the proVie theater. Eichloff is mainly devoted to the garden. The summer pavilion is located there in an idyllic landscape that makes you feel relaxed just by looking at it. Both rely in part on self-sufficiency by ecological standards. In addition to the beds, the garden has a clay oven and a solar cooker, with which you can prepare your food in a climate-neutral way when there is a lot of sun. “I wanted to have photovoltaic systems built into the storage roof, but this was not allowed for reasons of monument protection,” reports Theo Kraus.

Many people are puzzled by the name of the theater and wonder how you can name a place like this for a cattle and just leave out h. As Kraus explains, pro means provisional, provincial and improvisation. Vie comes from French and means translated for life. The interior is quite simple, but has a very nice hall. This is often used by outside groups, only in April an Aikido group from Strausberg near Berlin set up their training here.

“Living like in Bullerbü”

In 2016, Antje Maurer, the life partner of the late GDR Stern Combo Meißen rock band singer Reinhard Fissler, set up her summer camp here with her Berlin artistic group “Die Drehwurmer”. “In the proVie theater I see a socio-cultural center with a cycling café that has become a meeting point for the whole region. “Besides, many come from far away, especially from Berlin,” says happy Leo Kraus.

In the summer, the singer-songwriter’s workshop takes place here, which lasts a week and has significantly contributed to the supra-regional awareness. In addition to concerts, the proVie certainly also features theater. In addition, proVie has also developed politically. While Kraus initially took on a role as a follower in the protest against the Alt Tellin plant, his engagement has increased since the fire. For example, meetings of the Alt Tellin action group take place in the hall of the proVieh Theater to remove the idea of ​​a new building in the beginning. But what other reasons does Kraus and Eihloff want to live here in Hohenbüssow? “It is the tranquility of the village that we like. It is the young families with many children who make life look like it is in Bullerbü. “You can enjoy village life here as it once was,” Leo Kraus replies.

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