Down the drain

The work "Down the drain" (Original title in German: "Den Bach runter") combines two aspects.

In 2016 the german authorities released a statement that recommends all citizens to store food and water for at least 10 days. Fear of terror is widespread, the german society becomes more and more divided. One third of germans perceive it as probable that there could be a military conflict between the NATO and Russia in the near future while others believe a civil war is about to break out. The so called preppers stash food, some built bomb-shelters, others are arming themselves and the state is preparing the countries emergency services for potential catastrophes and crises.

In the meantime there is a special trend ocurring: Germans emigrating to Hungary due to their fear of a civil war and of foreign "infiltration". In the last few years many moved to the Balaton region, into a country that has closed its borders and does not hide its hostility to the EU. They are strangers in their new homeland where they are united in their conviction that they can observe Germany‘s downfall from a peaceful island.

© Hahn Hartung - Street in a small village near Lake Balaton.
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Street in a small village near Lake Balaton.

© Hahn Hartung - Prepper Mario near Hannover.
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Prepper Mario near Hannover.

© Hahn Hartung - For many German immigrants a guarantee of security and order: The Hungarian border fence with Serbia.
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For many German immigrants a guarantee of security and order: The Hungarian border fence with Serbia.

© Hahn Hartung - The Polgárőrség, a Hungarian auxiliary police, is taking care of security in the villages
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The Polgárőrség, a Hungarian auxiliary police, is taking care of security in the villages

© Hahn Hartung - Image from the Down the drain photography project
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Weapon sold on the website migranten- schreck.ru (German for migrantshock). It was confiscated during a raid in 2017 in Brandenburg.

© Hahn Hartung - Amateur Radio Enthusiasts. They aim to maintain communication in case of an emergency.
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Amateur Radio Enthusiasts. They aim to maintain communication in case of an emergency.

© Hahn Hartung - Book with the title "Europe about to crash"
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Book with the title "Europe about to crash"

© Hahn Hartung - Image from the Down the drain photography project
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"You won't find any muslims here" Ottmar Heide (right) is a real estate agent and has lived at Lake Balaton since the nineties. Since the influx of migrants to Germany in 2015 the demand for Real estate at Lake Balaton in Hungary has risen enormous, according to him.

© Hahn Hartung - Magazines and newspapers, including the German "BILD" with the title "Our Society is going down the drain
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Magazines and newspapers, including the German "BILD" with the title "Our Society is going down the drain

© Hahn Hartung - Image from the Down the drain photography project
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"I'm watching the downfall of Germany from the outside and am thankful that I can live in Hungary in peace and without fear ”- Marliese

© Hahn Hartung - Exercise of the THW. On the German-Danish border,
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Exercise of the THW. On the German-Danish border,

© Hahn Hartung - Private Anti-terror training in Wannsee, Berlin.
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Private Anti-terror training in Wannsee, Berlin.

© Hahn Hartung - "Enjoying the retirement and freedom carefreely" - Udo, since 2016 at Lake Balaton
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"Enjoying the retirement and freedom carefreely" - Udo, since 2016 at Lake Balaton

© Hahn Hartung - Emergency training in Wesel, northern Germany.
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Emergency training in Wesel, northern Germany.

© Hahn Hartung - Prepper Mario and his wife.
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Prepper Mario and his wife.

© Hahn Hartung - Private Anti-terror training in Berlin.
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Private Anti-terror training in Berlin.

© Hahn Hartung - Survival Training in a forest in Brandenburg, Germany
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Survival Training in a forest in Brandenburg, Germany

© Hahn Hartung - Image from the Down the drain photography project
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"I assume that there is going to be a civil war in Germany in the foreseeable future." - Ralf Herriger, since 2016 at Lake Balaton

© Hahn Hartung - Lake Balaton
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Lake Balaton

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