When workers dig in the middle of town, it’s always good for a surprise. After all, they are digging in historical soil. So no one was really surprised when a small wooden figure of the Holy Mother of God from the 15th century came to light on the construction site for the second trunk line behind Munich City Hall. Was almost to be expected when you start digging at the Marienhof. It was a different story, of course, when workers came across a bust in a pit in front of the town hall entrance in Haar in 2010. Historically, the soil there is not quite as good. But in 1945 hair already existed. And apparently someone had buried a bust of Hitler at the time. It probably had to go quickly when the US Army invaded in May ’45. They may have disposed of GIs in an uncomplicated way, too.
The story has only become known now because the Haarer town hall looks back on local historical events or occurrences every week and posts it on Facebook. And so the opportunity showed once again how much homage was paid to the NS regime in Haar. There is evidence that the bust was placed in the foyer of the town hall. At that time, the fire station was still where it was found, and the town hall was right next to it. Both were later converted into today’s extended town hall. In any case, during the Nazi era, the community was strictly in line with a mayor appointed by the Nazis. Today’s Bahnhofstraße, on which the town hall is located, was then called Adolf-Hitler-Straße and the central church square was of course Adolf-Hitler-Platz.
In May 1945, none of this was allowed to be true anymore. Nazi flags disappeared, as did uniforms, party insignia, street signs and probably the bust, which was violently maltreated with a rough tool before someone sunk it into the ground. In the middle of the face, where the leader’s nose and beard used to be, there was a big hole, which is why it took a while to find out who was there when digging it up. The idea of throwing away the bulky thing was rejected on the announcement of the State Office for the Preservation of Monuments. Instead, this time the Haarer Hitler was properly disposed of – in the town hall archives, deep in the basement.