Location: Muehlberg, Saxony, Germany
Surnames/tags: Stalag_IVb POW WII
The goal of this project is to ... Chronicle and document the history of Stalag IVb during World War II, including those intrepid men who called themselves Kriegies before it fades from memory and history, as those who knew of them and their plight ( sons & daughters) pass from the scene also. At the time the camp opening in 1939 the bulk of the prisoners were French, Moroccans, Serbs Belgians and one Australian. It was also used as a Transit Camp for processing prisoners to other work areas. An International Red Cross report stated that, there were seventy-thousand POW’s in the camp, at the time of liberation. Official German records though indicated the total number of prisoners at Stalag IVb, at being just below twenty-thousand. The number of POW’s could have risen to seventy-thousand in the camp. Because as the Allies advanced into Germany, many camps in the west and east were evacuated and prisoners moved. The camp official records indicated that permanent detainees included: (917) French and Moroccans, (779) Dutch; (2,569) Italians soldiers incarcerated when Italy switched sides, (1,604) Danish freedom fighters and political prisoners (9) Belgians, (205) Poles, (which included women freedom fighters captured during the Warsaw Uprising), (497) Serbs, (7,262) British, which included English, South Africans, Canadians, Indian, Burmese, Gurikas, Australians and New Zealanders, (2,753) Americans, (4000+) Russian. More than 6,700 people would die in this camp
Stalag IVb was operated by the German Military from 1939-1945. From 1945 -1948 it became Special Camp No. 1 operated by the NKVD ( The Soviet Secret Service) for the incarceration of discontents. ( see images for more information of Stalag IVb)
Right now this project just has one member, me. I am Lawrence Bailey.
Here are some of the tasks that I think need to be done. I'll be working on them, and could use your help.
- Identify individuals both Prisoners and Guards
History and back ground of the camp, including liberation by the Russians The connection to the aftermath of the Dresden Firebombing
- The holding of the Stalag Ivb prisoners in the city of Resia after the war.