Prisoners of War Camp Mühlberg (Stalag IV B)
(Germany - Brandenburg - Mühlberg/Elbe)
Stalag IV B was the largest POW camp on German soil during the Second World War and was opened in September 1939. From 1939 to 1944, captured soldiers from 33 nations passed through the camp. Stalag IV B was liberated by the Red Army on 23 April 1945. 3,000 internees perished in the camp due to sickness and life circumstances. The people who died in Stalag IV B were buried in a cemetery in Neuburxdorf
It was reused from September 1945 to 1948 by the NKVD under the name "Speziallager Nr. 1 Mühlberg". More than 6,700 people would die in this camp and were buried nearby..
The camp today:
There are only fundaments of some structures left to visit. There are also some memorial stones standing here.
- Text: Kaj Metz
- Photos: Wikimedia Commons (1), Bert Jans (4) & Sietze Stob (2,3,5)
Address and contactinformation
- +0049 353427068
- WWII grade:
Where is it?
Sorry, no map found.
Point of interest
- My father was a pow in the camp after being captured in Italy in 1942. What about the Russian prisoners who where made to dig their own grave then strip naked in the snow and stand at the foot of it until they dropped in. Bets were taken as to how long he'd last and a machine gunner sat guard over him the whole time. Then another inmate would be made to throw a few shovelfuls over him and do the same. I wouldn't say they died through illness or the harshness of the camp life!
- By: Josie Parker
- City: Llanelli
- Date and time: 29-01-2015 02:18:44