G. C. Marshall Statue
George C. Marshall Statue
A statue of Marshall was dedicated at the Marshall Center on April 30th, 1998. Jointly sponsored by the George C. Marshall Center, the private organization called the Friends of the Marshall Center, and the City of Garmisch, the work of art is the first known public statue of Marshall erected in Europe.
The larger-than-life statue originally depicted General Marshall striding out into the community, walking east over a bridge with his hand outstretched in friendship - through a parting iron curtain, past walls that have been broken down. German artist, Christiane Horn of Wartenburg, Bavaria, was the sculptor of the piece.
In 2009, a wall was built where the gate once stood, and the statue of Marshall was moved slightly. The area was rededicated in Oct. 2009.
Tree and Rock Memorial
Tree and Rock Memorial
The large rock facing the Marshall Center's flagpoles bears a plaque marking the dedication of the institution.
The Center, a German-American Partnership, was dedicated on June 5, 1993 by then US Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and German Minister of Defense Volker Ruhe. Two small apple trees were planted by the rock in May 1997. The tree to the left of the dedication rock was planted by U.S. General George Joulwan, then Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander in Chief of the U.S. European Command. Joulwan was a major supporter of the Marshall Center in its early years.
The tree to the left was in planted in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Russian Foreign Area Officer program. It is dedicated to all Foreign Area Officers -- past, present, and future. The fruit from these trees is symbolic of the fruit that the Marshall Center hopes to bear in establishing peace, stability, cooperation and democracy throughout Europe and Eurasia.
Konrad Adenauer Hall
The Konrad Adenauer Hall was dedicated November 6, 2002.
Mr. Konrad Adenauer, grandson of the late Chancellor, along with Dr. Robert Kennedy, the former director of the Marshall Center unveiled a portrait of Adenauer during the dedication ceremony.
The Adenauer Hall is used primarily for lectures to students, but also for Director's Calls. This state-of-the-art lecture hall will seat 234 people and lectures are translated into German, English, and Russian.
The Nicholson Room
The Nicholson Room
The Nicholson Room is one of the Center's larger seminar rooms and is dedicated to the memory of Major Arthur D. Nicholson Jr.
Nicholson, a member of a U.S. Army reconnaissance team, was fatally shot by a Soviet sentry in the former East Germany on March 24, 1985. Nicholson was a Foreign Area Officer, (FAO).
He was part of the 14-member American Military Liaison Mission, which had been stationed in the East German town of Potsdam with a mandate to observe activities in what was once the Soviet zone of occupied Germany.
The Nicholson room is used for FAO lectures, special briefings, promotion ceremonies and is also scheduled and used by other Marshall Center directorates for special lectures and briefings.
Wörner Hall, with its distinctive clock tower, and German and American flags flying in the front, serves as a focal point of the Marshall Center. This facility was named in honor of Manfred Wörner (1934-1994), the German Minister of Defense (1982-88) and NATO Secretary General (1988-1994) . He was an early proponent of the Marshall Center, believing it should be a joint US-German endeavor. Wörner Hall was dedicated in his memory in July 1997.
The old plenary room was dedicated September 22, 1995 as the Kruzel Auditorium by then Secretary of Defense William J. Perry. Dr. Kruzel was the primary architect for the Partnership for Peace program and the active proponent of the Marshall Center in Washington.
Kruzel was one of the three US officials killed August 19, 1995 in a vehicle accident near Sarajevo, Bosnia. This building is now being used for smaller seminar groups and offices for Marshall Center staff.
The Garmisch Community Chapel is located on Sheridan Kaserne for use by Garmisch U.S. and German military personnel.
Protestant services and Catholic Masses are conducted weekly and is open during daytime hours for private prayer.
Various Bible studies and youth programs are also offered.
If you are interested in visiting the Marshall Center for a tour, please contact the Public Affairs Office.