Windmills and Walls: A Social Club Harnesses the Winds of Change in Brandenburg
Merkley, Taylor C.; Hawkins, John
The town of Lüttein Brandenburg, Germany survived a fire in 1833, but faced a bigger threat to its survival when the Wall tumbled down. Residents began to move away for better jobs and the older population began to dwindle as the local economy looked bleak. Despite these challenges, the residents have found a way to revitalize their community using what is already available to them. In the former East Germany, where many rural towns face depopulation and isolation, the thriving, modern town of Lütte maintains its distinct agrarian character and outward connections. The local club Vere in “Altes Haus” successfully creates a cohesive identity, restores local history, promotes social connections, and utilizes local resources to sustain the town and the club’s activities. This club provides insight into how the use of history and organized activity can propel a community into the future without leaving an empty space in history and identity.