In summer 2014 a memorial in the Black Forest town Oppenau commemorating the soldiers killed during World War I was demolished to construct a parking. Although the renovation of the memorial was commissioned by the municipality, the city council hasn’t decided yet on a new site to reconstruct the memorial. This why that in the year of the centennial of World War I there is no venue where to commemorate all the 190 killed persons from the city and its surrounding villages. This circumstances motivated the artist Tim Otto Roth to initiate a temporary memorial in his Black Forest hometown. More...
12 August 2014. Inauguration of the temporary memorial displaying all the 190 names of the war deads from Oppenau. In this occasion of this commemoration ceremony the radio (SWR) editor Willi Keller will read poems written in the first months of war. Start: 19:30, open to the public.
1 August 2014. The display started operation presenting the declaration of war of Germany to Russia. On 3 August 2014 the telegraphed declaration of war of Germany to France was presented. The telegram arrived fragmented in quite a dadaist manner.
15. November 2015. The temporary memorial was switched off in occasion of the re-inauguration of the renovated memorial at the German Remembrance Day. The memorial was re-erected fifty meters away from its original position right beside a children's playground. The new place ignores the former grove like arrangement of the memorial in combination with the steles commemorating the fallen soldiers from World war II. Above all the statues were turned around 135 degrees towards East.