2,000 Years Varus Battle
… What remains?
What remains is a piece of German history.
What remains is a fascinating place, a historical event that put an unusual year 2009 in the spotlight of world history. It seems that even after 2,000 years there is a need to catch up on public attention in the light of a devastating battle that took the lives of an incredible high number of people. It remains a puzzle of memories assembled in the course of twelve months of exciting events and performances to eventually merge into an entity. What remains are peace symbols and a new permanent exhibition of the Varus Battle at Museum und Park Kalkriese. What remains are fascinating insights into the Germanic world. What remains are vivid impressions of young people who researched the past, and who will help to shape the future based on the knowledge they gained here.
What remains is to thank all those who have contributed to making »2,000 Years Varus Battle« a success. The event »2,000 Years Varus Battle« and the diverse offers have fostered both regional tourism and economy. Germany-wide and beyond the country’s borders, they made Kalkriese and the county of Osnabrück popular as an attractive destination. What remains are many images and even more words.
And the impression remains that the dust has been shaken off the image of a likable, unkempt and somewhat crude Germanic warrior – an image that has been stomping through our imagination for almost 2,000 years, and one that persisted in the face of a tremendous variety of philosophical and artistic influences: the belief that Germanic warriors fought more for spoils of war than for their freedom.
What will remain in retrospective? Will we read about the Varus Battle in another 2,000 years? We don’t know. We can only hope and work on making sure that people will remember more than just one year of history.