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Publication on sub-concentration camp Barth

Historian Natalja Jeske spent two days gathering information at the International Tracing Service (ITS) for the “Friends of Barth Concentration Camp Memorial Site and Documentation Center” association. She plans to analyze the data in a new publication on the sub-concentration camp Barth. “The ITS is the perfect place to do complex research,” said Jeske.

Two months ago the historian began sifting through the material available in Barth. According to Jeske, “there is a great deal of information such as eyewitness statements and reports.” The material was collected by various archives and through contacts to survivors. The Rostock resident has begun analyzing the ITS documents for the Friends association. “I wanted to find out more about the fates of individual prisoners. The ITS´s documents provide an insight, thanks especially to the combination of original documents and correspondence files from the post-war period,” Jeske reported.

Jeske also hit pay dirt in the general documentation at Barth, sub-camp of the concentration camp Ravensbrück. “For example, excerpts from the block book I from the women`s camp of Ravensbück were interesting for my work,” said the historian. The first prisoners from Buchenwald arrived at the sub-camp in November 1943. They were put to work as forced laborers in the Heinkel-Flugzeugwerken aircraft manufacturing company, which had been relocated to Barth from Rostock after heavy air strikes. The POW camp ”Stalag Luft I“ was also located in the area. This break of the Geneva Convention saved the county seat of Barth from Allied bombing.