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Bochum here we come

The Matildas had their first training session in Bochum today – the next host town for their World Cup tournament. So, we’re heading off that way in the morning to check out a few sites (see map above and the notes against each ‘pin’) and film some location shots.

Feedback we have had to date from various sources tell us that Bochum is by no means pretty but what it lacks in prettiness it may make up in history. One particular aspect of filming I am looking forward to are the various Solpersteine or stumbling stones that have been placed across the town. There are about 38 of these ‘stones’ in Bochum and their significance in history let alone to our story is that they are the landmarks of the last freely chosen residences of Bochum Jews who were victims of the holocaust.

Bochum was an industrial town and suffered during the war so we’re not expecting too many grand historical buildings, what we are expecting to see however is another good game between the Matildas and Equatorial Guinea on Sunday.

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2 Responses to Bochum here we come

  1. Thomas Coss July 3, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    Hi Mr. Morrison,

    who has told you, that Bochum is not pretty. I would really like to talk about it to your “sources”.
    Yes it is not as scenic as many medieval cities that come in to your mind when you think about Bochum. But it does have a down to earth charm and many, many sights to see.
    To learn more visit this website:
    http://www.metropoleruhr.de/index.php?id=6826

    Here is a link to find out more about the Stolpersteine in Bochum.
    You will find the names of jewish Bochum citizens and if you click on those their personal history.

    http://www.bochum.de/stolpersteine

    Anyway, let the game begin and the Matildas win.

    Thomas, a passionate Ruhri and Bochum.

    • Ashley July 4, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

      Hello Thomas

      I think we can both agree that our “sources” were not entirely right about Bochum. A few journalists and even some Germans who come from the area had told us that Bochum is an industrial town so we were not expecting it to be a pretty place.

      But it was fate that we met you and Thorsten because you brought Bochum and its history to life for us and helped us transform our view of it. For this we are very grateful.

      Thank you for the links to the sites – we will be sure to share it with friends who are planning on visiting Germany.

      All the very best and stay as passionate as you are about the Ruhr region and Bochum!

      Quie Ying (Mrs Morrison)

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