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Trade and industry | 1900 up to 1950 | Western Pomerania until 1945

Scraps of wrapping paper with the names of the drafted workers

Scraps of wrapping paper with the names of the drafted workers
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  • paper, 1942;
    height: 105 cm

The various companies involved in the construction of the Peenemünde army research facility use thousands of employees. They include drafted workers from Germany, as well as foreign labourers from Italy, the Netherlands and Czechia and forced labourers from eastern Europe. Despite the propaganda, the situation of the drafted workers could at times be described most accurately as slavery. The document is discovered by chance at the end of the 1990s behind loose brickwork during renovations on the 2nd floor of the Peenemünde power station.

It reads: 'This wall was built by drafted workers in the war year 1942; their rations were ½ lb of bread and 50 g processed meat per day. 1. Paul Schmidt, mason from Silesia; 2. Willy Balke, mason from Slupsk; 3. August Pionkowsky, East Prussia, 4. Florian Arb, Berlin, Peenemünde, 13.3.42'

Text: T. K.

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Historisch-Technisches Museum Peenemünde

Im Kraftwerk
17449 Peenemünde