A Visit to Carinhall

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A Vist to Herman Göring's Carinhall

     In early 1990, a few months after the fall of the Berlin Wall, my husband Ray and I drove to the Schorfheide north of Berlin to have a look at what remained of Hermann Göring’s fabulous country estate, Carinhall. We traversed the remote area for an hour or so in a rental car before encountering a large and matronly lady forestry official who was clearly a carry-over from the recent communist administration of East Germany. After telling us we didn’t belong there and finding us unmoved, she reluctantly agreed to escort us to the site of Carinhall. As we approached the entrance to the property, the lady forester departed with the admonition, “No smoking in this area”.
 

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Author Josephine Cowdery (pictured above) and her husband Ray organized and guided dozens of World War II military history tours of Europe from 1984 through 2000.