Village History: A village at the intersection of nature, culture and politics

There are three villages in the Tollense Valley that attract a very specific type of people: Wietzow, Tückhude and Hohenbüssow. Places have a reputation for attracting a particularly large number of people who live in the alternative. Among other things, this has something to do with the fact that they are not far from Alt Tellin – and the pig farm that has since burned down.

The desire for a serene life in the suburbs or even with nature can be felt in Hohenbüssow. Alina Wander and Simon Günzel have been living in a former manor house since 2016, which the couple bought with another family. When I was born in Flensburg, I grew up in Vizzo. They both met while studying in Halle. Wander studied culture, media, geography, and economics of Gonzel.

Lots of pink X crosses

Today they both work as independent project managers at the “WaWiTo” (Forest, Meadow, Tullens) cultural and environmental workshop in Tückhude, where I worked as a cultural educator and is for environmental education projects and work camps. It is no coincidence that Gonzel and Wonder live here in Hohibosu. “Nature is very important to us, as are the villagers. We still talk to each other a lot here,” Simon Günzel says.

“We have a big pool here and many kids have plenty of space to play,” adds Alina Wonder. Hohenbüssow is a place of culture and at the same time criticism of the agricultural industry is very high. If you walk down the street, you will see many pink crosses, the symbol of the protest against the pig breeding facility in Alt Tellin. Wonder points to the Prouvé Theater across from the manor house. Your neighbors Imre Bruck and Lisa Gehrlach also offer cultural highlights with a picnic café and apple festival. “These cultural events are very important to many Hohenboso residents. In addition, Klempenow, Tückhude and Broock are very close by, where many other cultural events take place,” according to Alina Wander.

Living in the bathroom

Once a spa resort, Hohenbüssow had a community center with a bath built around 1826. Today Munn and Olaf Spellner live there. They both moved there in 1985, but weren’t able to purchase the property until after the reunion. During the 66 years of his life, Spellner witnessed a lot: from 1972 he was an electrician at the Lubmin nuclear power plant for five years, then he worked at the Stralsund Zoo and since reunification as a painter and photographer. In 1992, Spellner was able to display one of his paintings at the 1992 Expo in Seville, Spain.

Moon and Olaf Spellner met in Dresden in 1977 and have been a couple ever since. Choosing country life over city life, says Spillner, was a conscious decision. We have lived in many places. But Hohenbüssow is where we’ve lived the longest and that won’t change anything,” emphasizes Olaf Spellner.

swipe mast system

The year 2005 saw major changes when it became known that a huge hog breeding facility would be built in Alt Tellin. Both participated in the protests against the edifice system, he combines his political resistance with his artistic work and publishes, among other things, the Tollensetal Voice. Basically, when it comes to resistance, nonviolence is the only option. “It is precisely with culture that one can offer nonviolent resistance,” says Olaf Spellner.

“Eating is political” written by Leo Krause (63) on the front door of the Brophy Theatre. He came to Hohenbüssow in 2000 with his partner Susan Eichloff (53). At that time he was still represented at the Chamber Theater in Neubrandenburg and the former warehouse belonged to the Swiss Felix Clay. This saying makes sense for Kroos, because he’s been a vegetarian for 40 years. “It was a political decision because I do not eat animals that are mass-produced. Explaining his decision, when you buy meat, you don’t know how the animals are kept,” says Leo Krause.

Self catering with clay oven

Initially, Klay helped create the cultural site, bought the store in 2004 and founded the proVie Theatre. Eichloff devotes himself primarily to the garden. The summer pavilion is located there in a beautiful landscape that makes you feel calm just by looking at it. Both depend in part on self-sufficiency in environmental standards. In addition to the beds, there is a clay oven and solar-powered stove in the garden, where you can prepare your food in a climate-neutral way when there is plenty of sunshine. “I wanted to build photovoltaic systems on the roof of the storage facility, but this was not allowed for reasons of monument protection,” Theo Krause reports.

Many people are baffled by the name of the stage and wonder how you can name a place like this for livestock and simply leave the letter h. As Kraus explains, the pro stands for temporary, territorial and improvisation. Competition comes from French and means translated for life. The interior is very simple, but has a very nice lounge. Groups from abroad often use this, only in April the aikido group from Straussberg near Berlin held their training here.

“Live in Bullerboat”

In 2016, Antje Maurer, life partner of the late East German rock band Stern combo Messen singer Reinhard Wessler, set up her summer camp here with her Berlin art group Die Drehwurmer. “In the proVie I see a socio-cultural center with a café for cyclists which has become a meeting point for the whole region. In addition, many come from further afield, especially from Berlin,” says Leo Krause happily.

In the summer, the singer-songwriter workshop is held here, which lasts for a week and has made a significant contribution to raising supra-regional awareness. In addition to concerts, theater is also shown at proVie. Additionally, proVie has evolved politically as well. While Kraus initially took on a role as a follower in the anti-factory protest at Alt Tellin, his commitment has increased since the fire. For example, Alt Tellin working group meetings are held in the auditorium of the proVieh Theater in order to nip the idea of ​​the new building in the bud. But what other reasons would Krause and Eckloof want to live here in Hohenbosso? “It is the calm of the village that we love. There are young families with many children who make life seem like it is in Bullerby. Leo Krause answers: “You can enjoy village life here the way it was before.”

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