This square is named in honor of Captain Kurt von Westernhagen, a Wehrmacht officer who considered his orders to destroy the bridges and the train tunnel in Greiz to be senseless.  He also negotiated to have his soldiers become American prisoners of war.  As a result, he was summarily executed on the square as a „deserter“ by SS orders at noon, on April 14, 1945.  A monument here commemorates Captain von Westernhagen.