Rothenburg ob der Tauber - the most quintessential german town
Having done this job for many years I find myself in beautiful old towns and villages talking about thing that happened many, many years ago. Many of these towns have a recent history also that we sometimes neglect.
Rothenburg of der Tauber is a classic example.
Rothenburg was considered by the Nazi party to be the quintessential German town, with organised trips showing other Germans what a proper German town should look like. It’s no surprise that when the war turned in 1945 the Allied planes headed over Rothenburg in Northern Bavaria.
US Assistant Secretary of War, James J. McCloy, however knew the beauty of Rothenburg far out weighed its Nazi association, so in March 1945 orders were given that no artillery was to used in capturing the town. The local Commander Major Thömmes defied Hitlers orders by surrendering the town to the Allies. Both acts saved Rothenburg from almost certain destruction and left us with one of the most picturesque towns in all of Germany.