Meerbusch-Büderich in WW2

In The Devil’s Missal there is mention of a hidden mural depicting Büderich as a Nazi-idyll in one of the town’s administrative buildings. The mural is said to be covered by plaster now and only an old photograph is known of it. In fact there is evidence that such a mural exists – or existed – as there is indeed a photograph of it in the town’s records.

Mural depicting Meerbusch-Büderich during the Third Reich

The building where the mural is said to be hidden is the former Hitler Youth building on the main square.

Former Hitler Youth HQ Meerbusch-Büderich

By the end of the war, most of the surrounding buildings had been destroyed during heavy bombardment. Since this picture was taken, many of those empty spaces have been built on.

View of the main square in Büderich from the St. Mauritius church tower, 1950 with the Rhine in the distance

The Rhine at Meerbusch

In the current heatwave the only hint of a cool breeze is to be found down by the Rhine. The best place to catch it is the middle of the river from a boat.

View from the ferry at Kierst across to Kaiserswerth

Unfortunately the ferry between Meerbusch and Kasierswerth is not operating at the moment as it is ‘moonlighting’ for a couple of weeks as a pleasure boat at the fair in Oberkassel. We are obliged to cool off as best we can on the banks.

The low level of the Rhine means wide beaches have appeared along parts of the river, especially around Meerbusch. The locals are making the most of this, holding barbecues and parties there every evening.