Forest of Peace
The idea of the "Forest of Peace" is to commemorate civilians and soldiers killed in World War II as well as people expelled from their homeland. It was conceived in 1991 by Ben Wargin, Gernot Schmidt, Eberhard Grashoff and Martin Stade on the Krugberg near Seelow, where the first Peace Forest was planted. In the following years, other Forest of Peace were planted at sites that had witnessed the war, in Górzyca (Poland), Brest (Belarus) and Moscow (Russia). The "Forest of Peace" on the grasslands in Owczary was first planted in 1992 on the initiative of two associations - the local "Peace Society" from Górzyca and the German "Castle Trebnitz Education and Meeting Center". It is an open facility with a shelter and a viewpoint overlooking the picturesque landscape of the Odra river valley.