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The Outwork Concentration-Camp Münchmühle

The requirements for laborers could no longer be satisfied by the supply of forced laborers and war prisoners because of the demands of the continuing war. In early 1942, the Nazi-Regime decided to use concentration camp prisoners as labour force for the ammunition industry. Hundreds of concentration camp divisions were built close to the factories. The companies paid a "loan" fee for every concentration camp prisoner.

Such a camp existed in Allendorf as well. 1,000 Hungarian, mostly Jewish women arrived on 19 August 1944 from the concentration camp in Auschwitz to the Allendorf camp, called Münchmühle. This camp stood under SS-administration and surveillance. It was maintained by the concentration camp Buchenwald. The camp leaders came from Buchenwalds’s SS-guards.

In Allendorf, the women had to work as long as 8 to 12 hours a day, with a half hour break. They were not paid for their work. Mainly they had to work in the bomb filling stations, where they filled the poisonous TNT. Very often they had to carry the heavy bombs and shells, which weighed up to 50 kilos, by themselves.

On the ground of the former camp Münchmühle a memorial was erected in 1988.

This website was realised by the project »From my website to the internet-agency«. The project is part of the program »Lokales Kapital für soziale Zwecke«.

DIZ is an institution of the city of Stadtallendorf, supported by the District Council of Marburg-Biedenkopf and Hessischen Landeszentrale für politische Bildung.