Photo: Naomi Tereza Salmon, Buchenwald Memorial

Goethe Oak

An old oak tree, designated "Dicke Eiche" ("fat oak") on maps of the area, had been left standing by the SS on the camp grounds. In commemoration of Goethe’s frequent visits to the Ettersberg, the inmates called it the "Goethe Oak". Having been damaged by bombing in August 1944, it was felled; its stump can still be seen today.