On September 30th in 2010 the last hard coal was
produced at Ost colliery in the city of Hamm in Germany. On that day the coal
mine's history of about 110 years ended, even though there
are still deposits containing several million tons of high quality coking coal.
I have lots of wonderful
memories of Ost colliery (the colliery's former name was Heinrich Robert), so
that I really wanted to take part in the last works meeting. Important people
like Bernd Toenjes, chairman of the board of directors of the RAG Deutsche
Steinkohle, Juergen Schwarze, manager of Ost colliery, and Wolfgang Junge, the
colliery's works council chairman, emphasized different aspects during their
speeches: For example, they pointed out how important the colliery was for the
economy in the region and what efforts all miners made when producing the hard
coal in a depth of more than 1.500 metres. All of them also said thank you to
the miners for the impressive motivation they had until to the last day of Ost
colliery's coal production.
As I mentioned before, I had a
close relation to Ost colliery and I was always welcomed here with open arms.
Additionally lots of supporters of Pro-Bergbau could be found at this coal mine and I really
want to say thank you to all of them.
Under numerous photos of this
gallery you can find quite personal annotations from me reflecting the thoughts
I have when looking at the pictures. I took the photos of the remnants at the
hooks in the colliery's dressing rooms, because somehow every item represents a
miner, who has hung his clothes etc. at his hooks every day for years and who
took all of his equipment with him after his last shift - except of these
special things that I have found.
Despite to the photos' sad
background I wish you much fun while watching them.
If you discover yourself in one of the pictures
and if you do not want the photo to be published here, please send me an
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