The today’s Altenburger Land had been Slavic since the early Middle Ages. Emperor Friedrich I Barbarossa safeguarded his gained rule with small castles. Posterstein is one of them.
The salon of the duchess of Courland in Löbichau near Posterstein was one of the most popular salons around 1800. The hostess knew Europe’s most important politicians in person.
Here you find Christmas cribs from Israel and colourful cribs from South America, wood cribs from Bavaria and such, made by traditional manufacturers in the German Erzgebirge. Czech and Austrian straw cribs stand side by side with African wood cribs and German tin cribs, some fit in a nutshell, others can’t be overseen.
The keep was shaking, rocks where roling down the hill – that’s what eye witnesses reported, who experienced the earth quake on March 6th 1871 in Posterstein. However, the castle survived. Deep cracks in the bridge and the keep where restaurated in1997 and 2013.
More than 60 manors existed once in Altenburg county. Many of them were torn down after the land reform in East Germany in 1945. Others, still existing manor houses are vacant today and dilapidated. We are documenting their history and their destiny.
The lyrical headline traces back to a poem called “Tannenfeld”, which was found in the patient’s records of Rudolf Ditzen, better known as the author Hans Fallada, who was admitted to the mental hospital (“Heilanstalt für Nerven- und Gemütskranke“) in Tannenfeld in January 1912.