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Remaining Nazi Sites in Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt

Annaberg (Saxony)

Adolf-Hitler-Strasse in 1942, now Grosse Kirchgasse

Adolf-Hitler-Strasse then and now from the other direction
The Thingstätte, 1936-1938. The "Kuppelhalle"was destroyed in 1946 and replaced by a Soviet memorial.

The former Kreisführerschule Rauschenbachmühle then, in the service of the Nazi regime, and now, a nature centre

Königsbrück (Saxony)

Adolf-Hitler-Platz in 1939 and the market today in front of the rathaus

The other view of Hitler-Platz, still with the Schwarzer Adler  but without its fountain

Villa Wach, aranyised in 1939 and appropriated from the Wach family, became the following year a national leader school as DRK Landesführerschule IV with the reichsadler affixed onto its pediment as shown in the period photograph. It also served during the war as an hospital used by the German Red Cross. After the war until 1957 it was used by the Soviet army as a gaol; today it serves as a children's and youth services centre.

Schkeuditz (Saxony)
The rathaus on Adolf-Hitler-Platz and today

Augustusburg    (Saxony)
The former Gauführerschule and today, now known simply as schloss Augustusburg. It is claimed that the furniture from the Reichschancellery was sent here before the end of the war, later to be confiscated by the Soviets. 

Kamenz (Saxony)
Bautzener Straße


Barbara (now Husaren) kaserne during the war and today
Zittau   (Saxony)
 The Grenzlandtheater in 1942 and today, the Gerhart Hauptmann theatre.

Obergurig  (Saxony)
Hans Schemm Schule, named after the founder of the National Socialist Teachers' Federation. In 1928, Schemm became a member of the Bavarian Landtag.  Systematically, Schemm prepared the local NSDAP for the election campaigns, first for the City Council in 1929. The Nazis won 9 mandates, and Schemm became factional chairman. The arrival of the Nazi faction led to frequent stormy sessions and one brawl, which were caused by the Nazi members', and in particular Schemm's, aggressive attitude[citation needed].  In 1928 and 1929, Schemm took over the leadership of several Nazi newspapers (Streiter, Weckruf and Nationale Zeitung), which he however gave up after a short time. In April 1929, Schemm founded his own newspaper, and in August of the same year appeared in the Nationalsozialistische Lehrerzeitung ("National Socialist Teachers' Newspaper"), the National Socialist Teachers League's (NSLB) journalistic organ.   On 5 March 1935, Schemm died after an aircraft crash. Hitler personally ordered Berlin Professor Ferdinand Sauerbruch to fly to Bayreuth. Schemm, however, succumbed to his injuries before the professor's arrival. His successor as Gauleiter was Fritz Wächtler.  Schemm's life was glorified by the Nazis, and somewhat even later after the Nazis were gone. In the time of the Nazi regime, though, various schools, streets, and halls in Nazi Germany were named after him.

Riesa an der Elbe (Saxony)
Another Hans Schemm Schule doesn't appear to have survived the war, unlike the neighbouring Pestalozzi Schule.

Schmilka, Bad Schandau (Saxony)
The Gasthaus zur Mühle with hakenkreuz in front, and today

In 1936 and the square today, sans swastika
Aue (Saxony)
Adolf-Hitler-Brücke, opened June 5, 1937  is now known as Bahnhofsbrücke

Sohland an der Spree (Saxony)

The marktplatz during the Third Reich and today

Frankenberg (Saxony)
Schloss Sachsenburg

The rathaus sporting a swastika above the entrance during the Nazi era and today, flag-free

Adolf-Hitler-Platz, today Wettiner Platz

Wilkau Haßlau 
The rathaus bedecked in swastikas during the war and now

Adolf-Hitler-Platz before the war and now

Leipzig (Saxony)
Stentzlers Hof decked with swastikas than and now
The hauptbahnhof look remarkably unchanged since the 1938 postcard when swastikas flew in front considering the damage incurred after the bombing of July 7, 1944.
The Völkerschlachtdenkmal (Monument to the Battle of the Nations) in 1940 and today. Built to commemorate Napoleon's defeat at the 1813 Battle of Leipzig, a crucial step towards the end of hostilities in the War of the Sixth Coalition, which was seen as a victory for the German people, although Germany did not exist at that time.
It was completed in 1913 for the 100th anniversary of the battle, at a cost of 6,000,000 Goldmarks  and stands at 299 feet in height. It contains over 500 steps to a viewing platform at the top, from which there are spectacular views across the city and environs. It is said to stand on the spot of some of the bloodiest fighting, from where Napoleon ordered the retreat of his army
Construction of the monument in 1907 and 1912, just before the centenary of the Battle of Nations
Hitler speaking at the Völkerschlachtdenkmal. During the Third Reich, Hitler frequently used the monument as a venue for his meetings in Leipzig. It was here on July 16, 1933 that Hitler announced to 140,000 men of the SA, SS and the Stahlhelm

Today we are not leading a mere thirteen or seventeen million, but the entire Volk, and hence the gigantic task accrues to us of training the millions of people who do not yet inwardly belong to us to become soldiers of this Third Reich, to become soldiers of our Weltanschauung.
 An American soldier surveying the aftermath. The monument itself served as the backdrop for an anti-fascist demonstration in 2011. When the US army captured Leipzig on April 18, 1945, the monument was one of the last strongholds in the city to surrender. One hundred and fifty SS soldiers with ammunition and foodstuffs stored in the structure to last three months dug themselves in, but were blasted with artillery and defeated.  During the period of Communist rule in East Germany, the government of the DDR was unsure whether it should allow the monument to stand, since it was considered to represent the steadfast nationalism of the period of the German Empire. Eventually, it was decided that the monument be allowed to remain, since it represented a battle in which Russian and German soldiers had fought together against a common enemy, and was therefore representative of Deutsch-russische Waffenbrüderschaft (Russo-German brotherhood-in-arms). 
It was here at the Zoologischer Garten on December 11, 1932 that Hitler announced
I am the one who has fixed the price of the Movement. No one will offer it at less than that. But if anyone should ever be found to do so, he would be lost in the Party within an hour and would have no Movement behind him. We will not allow ourselves to be lured into the den of intrigue where the others are experts at the game [here clearly referring to Gregor Strasser who had been offered the post of Vice-Chancellor in a bid by the authorities to split the party]. 
Time will not wear me down. Certainly we lost thirty seats, but in the meantime our opponents have lost two governments! And the new Cabinet will not last any longer. We will regain those thirty seats. Our supply of recruits is larger than theirs, and I will place this task first and foremost and without any consideration to myself.
On January 2 the Burgfriede will be over, and on the third we will be back in the thick of the fight.
Glauchau (Saxony)

Glauchau railway station in 1941 and today

The Rathaus and St Aegidien church at Adolf Hitler Platz and today 

Plauen im Vogtland
Swastikas in the square in front of the rathaus and today

Hohenstein-Ernstthal (Saxony)
The birthplace of Karl May, Hitler's favourite author.
Adolf became gripped by the adventure stories of Karl May, whose popular tales of the Wild West and Indian wars (though May had never been to America) enthralled thousands of youngsters. Most of these youngsters graduated from the Karl May adventures and the childhood fantasies they fostered as they grew up. For Adolf, however, the fascination with Karl May never faded. As Reich Chancellor, he still read the May stories, recommending them, too, to his generals, whom he accused of lacking imagination.
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Hammerleubsdorf, Leubsdorf

The former Gauschule is now a pale, derelict structure

Bad Brambach (Saxony)
The Kapellenbergturm on the Schönberg 

Raschwitz Markkleeberg
The Forsthaus, back when it flew the swastika, and today 


The bahnhof sporting the swastika and today

The rathaus and Gewandhaus (theatre) surrounded by swastikas on the 800th anniversary of the town. 


9 km southwest of Zwickau is Lengenfeld; its town hall sporting a swastika and today 

Zwickau Planitz
The swimming pool looks practically unchanged since the time swastikas flew from the promenade 

Ammendorf  (Sachsen-Anhalt)
The fire station and war memorial in 1940 and now

The Grundschule Radewell in 1942 and today  
The corner of Hauptstrasse and Merseburger Strasse
Looking towards Merseburger Strasse

The Friedensschule in the 1930s and today


The corner of Hohe Strasse and Regensburger Strasse


Views of Gärtnerstrasse a century apart

 Magdeburg (Saxony-Anhalt)
The town hall bedecked with swastikas and today
The Dom with the memorial to the SA in front during the NSDAP era, now gone.
The memorial replaced one removed by the Nazis (today inside the cathedral)- Barlach's Magdeburger Ehrenmal, ordered by the city to be a memorial of World War I, and expected to show heroic German soldiers fighting for their glorious country. Barlach, however, created a sculpture with three German soldiers, a fresh recruit, a young officer and an old reservist, standing in a cemetery, all bearing marks of the horror, pain and desperation of the war, flanked by a mourning war widow covering her face in despair, a skeleton wearing a German army helmet, and a civilian (the face is that of Barlach himself) with his eyes closed and blocking his ears in terror. This naturally created a controversy with the pro-war population (several nationalists and Nazis claimed that the soldiers must be foreign since true Germans would be more heroic), and the sculpture was removed. Friends of Barlach were able to hide the sculpture until after the war, when it was returned to the Magdeburg Cathedral. 
 Alfred Rosenberg, in Blut und Ehre. Ein Kampf für deutsche Wiedergeburt. Reden und Aufsätze von 1919-1933 (Munich, 1934), described Barlach’s Magdeburg War Memorial thus: ‘A mixed variety of short, undefinable sorts of people wearing semi-idiotic expressions and Soviet helmets are supposed to symbolize German home guards! I believe that every healthy SA man will pass the same judgement here as any conscious artist.’
Hitler spoke here at the Stadthalle on October 22, 1932
Hasselbachplatz then and now
After the war. Magdeburg was where the Soviets took Hitler's remains:
When the Soviets’ Operation Myth was launched in 1946 to establish the real sequence of events leading to Hitler’s death, some of Hitler’s personal staff were brought back to Berlin and the bunker, in order to point out the precise details of the suicide and subsequent burning in the garden. The bones, for the time being, were stored in Magdeburg. Of particular importance were the objects in Hitler’s personal collection. For them an aircraft was laid on as Stalin wanted his bones examined by his foremost experts. The Führer’s skull was eventually put into a paper bag and deposited in the State Archives.
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Dessau (Saxony-Anhalt) 
Dessau has changed considerably since it was under the hakenkreuz, as the sourroundings around the statue of Leopold I. von Anhalt-Dessau ("Der alte Dessauer") in front of the Marienkirche shows
The Johanniskirche used to be situated on Horst-Wessel-Platz as seen in this 1942-franked postcard
Hitler spoke here at the Kristallpalast in 1931
The rathaus in 1938, after the war (having been bombed March 4, 1945), and today 

On October 23, Hitler dispatched a telegram expressing his condolences to the widow of Gauleiter and Reichsstatthalter Loeper in Dessau who had died following a prolonged illness. Three days later Hitler attended Loeper’s funeral in Dessau where his body was interred at the Napoleonsturm, calling him an “apostle of the Movement.” From Hitler's eulogy delivered at the Friedrich Theater:
When Fate is especially fond of a man and wishes to bestow upon him the best thing in the world, it will give him loyal friends, men who are resolved to share with him equally both joy and sorrow, men whom nothing can lead astray, men who, particularly in days of need, stand by him firm and resolute. I have been given a most generous share of this happiness and good fortune such as perhaps only few people in this world have.
Yet this happiness of so many years turns to pain when I now see how this and that member of the community of fighters is called to his Maker. When I speak here today, I am speaking as the happy—yet now so unhappy—Führer who must now accompany a member of his old guard to the grave, a man the likes of whom are rare even in our Movement.
Once he came to me when one could expect nothing more from this Movement than sacrifices and troubles, persecution and abuse. And truly it was only love of Germany which led him to that host of inseparable men who were determined to take up and pursue the battle for a new Germany against all odds. This man, with his boundless love of Germany, also had an unshakeable faith [in Adolf Hitler]. This faith was combined, in his case, with a unique loyalty [to Adolf Hitler]. He was one of the most loyal members of the old guard. During the time of struggle, we never spoke about it; no one would have understood it anyway. But today, at the bier of my dead comrade in arms, I must express it in words for German youth, that they may aspire to the same.
The new Reich was not given to us; it had to be hard won in battle, and in this fight only an over-abundance of love for Germany, of faith, of willingness to sacrifice, and of loyalty allowed [us] to triumph. That is something the German Volk must know. For it is my wish that the names of these first apostles of our Movement go down in German history for all eternity. Party comrade Loeper was a zealot, but he was more than that: a strong, self-sufficient man as hard as granite. He was persistent as only few are, untiring in his work and never swaying from the conviction: in the end we must succeed!
Hence for many of us this Party comrade was a model, in his unselfish modesty too, in his personal simplicity and in his lack of emotionalism: he was strictly a helper devoted to our great mutual cause.
Formerly the captain of the pioneers of the World War, he became a captain and pioneer of the National Socialist Weltanschauung, of our Revolution, and thus of our new German Reich. By having waged this battle in his lifetime, he lives on for us in death. He is a man for the German future. He deserves to be distinguished from the masses of hundreds of thousands and millions and be held up before the nation for all time! And this applies particularly to German youth. They shall hear this, and they shall learn from it. They shall once again realize that the old fealty was not only a virtue of the Teutons. The new Reich was built up with this virtue as its basis. This Reich would not be standing today were it not founded upon this fidelity [to Adolf Hitler].
A wonderful life has thus come to a close. Yet today we are all overcome by deep sorrow that our Party comrade, our Gauleiter and our Reichsstatthalter has been forced to leave us so soon, one of the old guard. Our hearts bleed when we see how our ranks slowly begin to thin out.
But as the old passes, so the young grows to take its place. For this old guard did not live in vain, did not struggle and fight in vain. From their work and their influence has sprung forth the richest of blessings—and Party comrade Captain Loeper was one of the most blessed of men.
On May 29, 1938 Hitler attended the opening of the new theatre in Dessau, the first building of its kind to have been completed during the rule of the National Socialist regime.

Tangermünde (Saxony-Anhalt)
Neustädter Tor in 1935 and today 

Staßfurt (Saxony-Anhalt)
  Steinstraße in 1940 and today

Osterfeld (Saxony-Anhalt)
The hometown of one of Germany's greatest war heroes, the U-boat ace Gunther Prien, these two photographs show clearly the radical changes since the war. 

Schloßstraße with the Schloßkirche in July 1941 and today.
The Stadtkirche from the market square July 29, 1941 and now, from where Luther preached his famous invocavit sermons and which, in 1547 during the Schmalkaldic War, the towers' stone pyramids were removed to make platforms for cannon. 

In 1988, the Sculptor Wieland Schmiedel was commissioned to produce a commemorative plaque paying homage to the victims of the Holocaust. It's currently in the consistory of the church, whilst the judensau showing Jews sucking the tits and anus of a pig is allowed to be exhibited outside on the façade.  Inscribed over the obscene scene are the words Schem Ha Mphoras, claimed to posses a power Jews have which they keep protected from gentiles. This phrase is actually repeated in the commemorative plaque which reads 
 "Gottes eigentlicher Name, der geschmähte Schem Ha Mphoras, den die Juden vor den Christen fast unsagbar heilig hielten, starb in sechs Millionen Juden unter einem Kreuzeszeichen."
("God's original name, the maligned Shem Ha Mphoras, which the Jews held holy before the Christians, died in the six million Jews under the sign of the cross.") That the cross was the twisted cross of the Nazis as opposed to the Christian one, and that the phrase did not simply "die" shows how insincere and forced German attempts to say something about their collective guilt are.

The Thesentor on which Luther nailed his 95 theses. A former student's History Extended Essay on Luther's Use of Language in Allowing the Protestant Reformation to Succeed received an A from the IBO.

The rathaus is very much as it was when located on Adolf-Hitler-Platz
The Brabag plant northeast of Zeitz which used lignite coal to synthesize ersatz oil was a significant bombing target of the Oil Campaign of the Second World War. Its forced labour was provided by the nearby Wille subcamp of Buchenwald in Rehmsdorf and Gleina.  On 18 August 1976, the Protestant clergyman Oskar Brüsewitz from Rippicha burnt himself to death in front of the Michaeliskirche. This was a protest against the DDR system.

Postcard showing the town flanked by Hitler and Hindenburg on the 1000th anniversary of the 933 Battle of Riade, where King Henry the Fowler gained his great victory over the Hungarians in the vicinity.

Regenstein Castle 
 Ein grußwort zur ausstellung Gröditz UNTERM Grußwort des polnischen Botschafters, Dr. Jerzy Margański Es gibt wohl kein Ereignis in unserer Ge- schichte, das tiefere Spuren hinterlassen hätte als der Zweite Weltkrieg. Der Nazi- terror hat nicht nur den industriellen Völkermord an den Juden und anderen Minderheiten mit sich gebracht, sondern für Millionen von Opfern auch Sklaven- und Zwangsarbeit. Von den insgesamt rund 13 Millionen Menschen, die während des Krieges zur Arbeit nach Deutschland verschleppt wurden, waren allein etwa 2,8 Millionen Polen, die nach dem deutschen Überfall im September 1939 auf den Feldern und in den Rüstungsfabriken die deutsche Kriegswirtschaft aufrecht- erhielten. Die Überlebenden warteten bis in die 90er Jahre, ehe sie eine symbolische Kompensation für ihre Leiden erhielten. Die Erinnerung daran muss wach gehalten werden. Jetzt können die Zwangsarbeiterinnen und Zwangsarbeiter von einst den jungen Generationen unmittelbar klar machen, dass Verbrechen gegen die Menschlichkeit niemals vergessen werden dürfen. Auch aktuelle Diskussionen zeigen immer wieder, wie schwierig es sein kann, Ursache und Wirkung nicht zu verwechseln und den alten Wunden keine neuen hinzuzufügen. Die Ausstellung „Gröditz unterm Hakenkreuz – NS-Zwangsarbeit im ländlichen Raum“ hilft dabei, einen sensiblen Umgang miteinander zu finden. Die Europäische Union wird erst dann zu einer europäischen Gesellschaft werden können, wenn dieser bewusste Umgang mit der Geschichte als ihr Fundament allgemein anerkannt wird. Die Zukunft können wir nur gemeinsam meistern, wenn wir aus der Vergangenheit lernen. Dies schließt überall die Be- reitschaft ein, die Wahrheit auszusprechen und zu akzeptieren. Die Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit“ e.V., die das Projekt „...unterm Hakenkreuz – NS-Zwangsarbeit im ländlichen Raum“ initiiert hat, leistet mit ihrer Arbeit einen Beitrag dazu, dass Deutsche und Polen gegenseitiges Verständnis fürein- ander entwickeln. Nur auf der Grundlage des Respekts vor den Opfern des Nationalsozialismus kann ein gemeinsames europäisches Gedächtnis entstehen. Wir wollen hoffen, dass die Ausstellung große Resonanz findet und zu einem Erfolg im Sinne eines aufgeklärten, zukunftsorientierten Europas wird. Impressum Text: Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit” e.V. Gestaltung Plakat/Flyer: SQUICK print web media, Simon Singer Kuratoren der Ausstellung: Jan Jansen, Constanze Wolk V.i.S.d.P. Chris Humbs, Vorstand, Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit” e. V. Internet: gefördert durch die weitere Förderer, Kooperationspartner und Unterstützer: HAKENKREUZ NS-ZWANGSARBEIT IM LÄNDLICHEN RAUM LANDESZENTRALE FÜR POLITISCHE BILDUNG u.v.m. Bildnachweise Ausstellung 27. April - 23. Mai 2013 Bild 1: Bild 2: Bild 3: Bild 4: Bild 5: Bild 6: Bild 7: Bild 8: Bild 9: Wehrmachtsoffiziere und Zwangsarbeiterinnen, vermutlich Sowjetunion, undatiert, Quelle: Deutsches Historisches Museum Berlin Porträt Antonina Dorogowa, 1944, Quelle: Privatbesitz Porträt Mark Markowitsch Gawrisch, um 2002, Quelle: Sacharov Zentrum Moskau Porträt Alexej Tkatschenko, 2013, Quelle: Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit” e.V. Eugeniusz Laskowski aus Polen auf der Weide in Merzdorf, 1942, Quelle: Stiftung „Polnisch-Deutsche Aussöhnung” Sowjetische Zwangsarbeiter auf einem Hof in Glaubitz, undatiert, Quelle: Privatbesitz Kriegsproduktion im Stahlwerk Gröditz, 1944, Quelle: Betriebsarchiv Schmiedewerke Gröditz Friedrich Flick bei den Nürnberger Prozessen, 1947, Quelle: Bildarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz Sowjetische Kriegsgefangene im Lager des Gröditzer Stahlwerks, undatiert, Quelle: Privatbesitz Kulturstätte Wolf Reppiser Straße 35 D-01609 Gröditz (Sachsen) Öffnungszeiten Dienstag-Sonntag 11.00 - 19.00 Uhr Eintritt frei Bild 10 und 11: Schülerinnen und Schüler der Siegfried Richter Mittelschule Gröditz bei der Projektarbeit, 2012/2013, Quelle: Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit” e. V. Bild 12: Porträt des polnischen Botschafters in Deutschland, Dr. Jerzy Margański, 2013, Quelle: Botschaft der Republik Polen in Deutschland Führungen für Gruppen und Schulklassen können – auch außerhalb der Öffnungszeiten – telefonisch unter 030-76236460 oder 0160-2768631 vereinbart werden. Unsere Sklaven Wer das erinnern nicht kultiviert, Damals bei uns – unsere Geschichte fördert das Vergessen – Geschichte erleben Am Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs waren es mehr als 13 Millionen Männer, Frauen und Kinder aus ganz Europa, die im nationalsozia- listischen Deutschland Zwangsarbeit leisten mussten – auch in und rund um Gröditz. Sie schufteten auf den Feldern der Landwirte, beim Metzger, Schuster und Bäcker ebenso wie in den örtlichen Industriebetrieben. Die Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit” e.V. hat wichtige Elemente dieser Regionalgeschichte unter wissenschaftlichen Kriterien für diese Ausstellung aufgearbeitet. Die Präsentation liefert einen detailreichen Überblick zum Einsatz der Zwangsarbeiter in Gröditz und Umgebung. Erstmals werden auch Aussagen zur quantitativen Dimension der in der Region geleisteten Zwangsarbeit getroffen. „Wir wurden in einer Reihe aufgestellt, wie Sklaven ... Es gingen Leute herum und haben sich die Arbeiter ausgesucht ... Wir wurden dann später abgeholt und in einen Waggon gesetzt. Wir wussten nicht wohin und warum wir fahren.“ Antonina Dorogowa, 1942-1945 russische Zwangsarbeiterin im Stahlwerk in Gröditz und in der Landwirtschaft „Bei uns auf dem Rücken stehen zwei Buchstaben: ,SU‘ – Sowjetunion. ,Schnell arbeiten! Schnell, schnell, russisches Schwein!‘, bellt der Meister die abgezehr- ten, unter dem Gewicht der Schwellen gebeugten Sklaven an ... Neben den körperlichen Leiden versuchen die Vertre- ter der ,höheren‘ Rasse uns auch seelische Schmerzen zuzufügen.“ Mark Markowitsch Gawrisch, 1944-1945 als sowjetischer Kriegsgefangener bei der Deutschen Reichsbahn in Wülknitz eingesetzt „Die Wärter kümmerten sich um die Disziplin und liefen mit Peitschen herum. Aber es gab auch viele umgängliche Menschen.“ Alexej Tkatschenko, 1942-1945 ukrainischer Zwangsarbeiter im Zellstoffwerk „Kübler & Niethammer” in Gröditz Wie viele Zwangsarbeiter gab es in Gröditz und Umgebung? Woher kamen sie, wo waren sie untergebracht und wie lebten sie? Wie gingen ihre deutschen Arbeitgeber mit ihnen um, wie ihre deutschen Kollegen? All diese Fragen versucht die Ausstellung „Gröditz unterm Hakenkreuz – NS-Zwangsarbeit im ländlichen Raum“ zu beant- worten. Sie informiert über das „Damals bei uns”, erzählt Geschichte in zum Teil sehr persönlichen Schicksalen. Sie setzt auf Beispiele und erhebt damit bewusst keinen Anspruch auf Vollständigkeit. So ist das Projekt auch als Fundament für eine weitere Forschungsarbeit gedacht. Es soll für einen bewussten Umgang mit Geschichte sensibilisieren. Eine Einführung zum Thema Zwangsarbeit bieten zentrale Teile der internationalen Wanderausstellung „Zwangsarbeit. Die Deutschen, die Zwangsarbeiter und der Krieg”, die Ende 2010 im Berliner Jüdischen Museum eröffnet wurde. Elemente daraus konnten für das Gröditzer Projekt zur Verfügung gestellt werden. In Form eines Schülerprojekts beteiligte sich die Klasse 8b der Siegfried Richter Mittelschule Gröditz an der Aufarbeitung der Geschichte der NS-Zwangsarbeit in ihrer Heimat. Unterstützt durch die Projektgruppe „Zwangsarbeit“ e. V. führten die Schüler zum Beispiel Interviews mit Zeitzeugen aus der Region und dokumentierten deren Erinnerungen. Zudem setzten sie sich ge- meinsam mit Schülern des Gymnasiums Lovosice (CZ) in einem grenzübergreifenden Seminar mit der Erinnerungskultur – dem öffentlichen Gedenken an die Zeit des Nationalsozialismus in Gröditz und dem tschechischen Lovosice – auseinander. Die Arbeitsergebnisse sind Bestandteil der Ausstellung. Schülerinnen und Schüler der Klasse 8b der Siegfried Richter Mittelschule Gröditz zum Projekt: „Es war interessant zu erfahren, wie das Leben der Zwangs- arbeiter damals war. Wie hart sie arbeiten mussten ist sehr erschreckend für mich.“ Laura Quickert, 14 Jahre „Ich finde es gut, dass man auf dieses Thema aufmerksam macht und es nicht einfach unter den Tisch kehrt.“ Patrick Half, 13 Jahre „Das Beste war das Zeitzeugeninterview, weil man da nicht allgemeine Sachen über den 2. Weltkrieg erfahren hat, sondern die persönliche Sicht einer Person, die es miterlebt hat.“ Nadine Unger, 14 Jahre Die Ausstellung wirft auch einen Blick hinter den Mythos Friedrich Flick: einst einer der reichsten Deutschen, Firmenpatriarch, Bundesverdienstkreuzträger, SS-Financier und NSDAP-Mitglied, Arisierungsprofiteur und in Nürnberg verurteilter Kriegsverbre- cher. In seinen Fabriken setzte er zehntausende Zwangsarbeiter ein und sicherte durch ihre Sklavenarbeit seinen Reichtum – auch an dem zu den Mitteldeutschen Stahlwerken gehörenden Standort in Gröditz. Allein im Gröditzer Stahlwerk wurden gegen Ende des Krieges mehr als 5.000 Zwangsarbeiter beschäftigt – darunter hunderte KZ-Häftlinge. Das war mehr als die Hälfte der Gesamtbelegschaft des Betriebes. Mehr Informationen unter: oder Die Organisatoren behalten sich vor, einzelne Personen oder Gruppen von der Ausstellung und den Veranstaltungen des Begleitprogramms auszuschließen.