Photographer's Note

This beautiful scenery was taken on the southern slopes of Schauinsland 1284 m in the Black Forest. The view is SE towards Feldberg, Black Forest's highest summit.
For comparison please see, taken one year ago from a little more above and looking SW.

It was on this very slope when a group of English schoolboys, ill equipped and lead by a sophomoric teacher with very limited leading capabilities, incurred in distress in the mountains during a severe, but not unexpected blizzard with heavy snowfall on April 17th, 1936.
Five boys died from circulatory failure, exhaustion and dehydration, completely soaked and freezing. As a consequence of English appeasement policy against fascist Germany, their teacher was never tried nor sacked and just continued his school career. The event became known as "Engländerunglück" or "Englishmen's mishappening".

There are three different memorials spread over this slope. This is the official one erected 1938 by the nazi government in the style of nationalsocialist mortuary cult. The incident was exploited politically and the English boys honoured as "fallen in the combat for international understanding".
For more information see

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Additional Photos by Sven Erich Czernik (Energysavingelk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 523 W: 1 N: 1941] (7584)
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