The Captain of Köpenick

The Captain of Köpenick, Berlin: Address, The Captain of Köpenick Reviews: 5/5

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lonewolf44
Kingston upon Thames, UK1,210 contributions
Memorial to an almost accidental conman
Jan 2020
As a history teacher, one of my favourite stories to tell my students is the Captain Kopenicke incident in the run-up to WW1. An old down and out found an old army uniform in a second hand shop, bought it and put it on....and somehow not only convinced a platoon of soldiers from the local barracks, but the whole town that he actually was an army captain. He took over the town hall, holding the mayor and council captive for 2 days. The press worried that the incident revealed the full extent of Wilhelmine Germany's militarism and the blind obedience most people gave to military men (you had to stand aside and salute if a man in uniform passed you on the street). Good on modern day Kopenicke: they've immortalised the 'captain' with an impressive, life size (and by all accounts, lifelike) statue outside the town hall, thus commemorating the town's gullibility at the same time. I felt I had to make a pilgrimage from Berlin to see him - ubahn to Kopenicke and then walk down bahnhofstrasse and at the crossroads, walk right over the bridge to Kopenicke old town, where you'll find the redbrick rathaus and the statue outside its front door.
Written January 19, 2020
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headbeeguy
Aberdeen, UK1,115 contributions
Go see him, he's great
Sep 2019
A very nice statue of an iconic Conman. The old part of Kopenick is very picturesque indeed. The Captain's story is celebrated here and in wider Berlin as a cobbler who dressed up and took over the Town Hall, stealing a considerable sum of money. There are plays and movies based on his exploits.
Written November 19, 2019
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