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SS-Führungsstab A6

Location:

The SS-Führungsstab A6 deployed there activities in a small place called Wansleben am See, about 29km west of Halle in the eastern part of Germany.

History:

In the area of Wansleben am See there were large underground potassium mines (mines were called "Einsatz Wagner" and "Einsatz Kaliwerk Georgi"). A plan was made to build an underground factory for the Junkers Aircraft company in the abandoned potassium mine. The activities started in march 1944.

The manpower to build the underground factory was provided by concentrationcamp prisoners. They were housed in a nearby concentration subcamp of Buchenwald. An average of 1400 prisoners worked underground. The underground facilities had the codename "Wilhelm" and "Biber II".

The facilities were used for production. .

Current status:

At the end of the war the pumps that kept the water out of the facilities stopped, causing the whole system to flood. In 1946, the entrances to the system were blown provisional.. In 1989 the shaft were properly sealed because of safety problems. In 1997 the building that was used as a concentration subcamp were destroyed. Today (September 1997) there is only rubble on the spot.

The sealed off entrance to the A6 complex (Schacht Georgi)   The sealed off entrance to the A6 complex (Schacht Georgi) (1997)
     
The remains of the buildings were the camp was.   The remains of the buildings were the camp was (1997).
     
Monument for the victims of the camp.   Monument for the victims of the camp (1997).

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