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Lengerich

The Lengerich satellite camp existed from 18 March 1944 to 1 April 1945. During this time, around 200 male prisoners from Neuengamme concentration camp were put to work here in a disused railway tunnel where an underground beam cutting workshop had been set up for the Vereinigte Leichtmetallwerke Hannover (United Light Metal Works). This work was organised by the Jägerstab, which had been established by the Ministry of Armaments and War Production under the leadership of SS-Obergruppenführer Hans Kammler, an architect, to coordinate the relocation of production facilities critical to the war effort in order to protect them from bomb attacks. The men were forced to expand the underground facility until July 1944, after which they were mainly put to work in production. They were housed in the ballroom of the Brunsmann inn which is once again being used for dances today.

The Lengerich satellite camp was a secret camp which had the code name “Rebhuhn”. Prisoners who were caught trying to escape were not taken back to the Neuengamme main camp, as was usually the case, but were instead hanged in Lengerich in front of the other prisoners and conscripted skilled labourers. Seven deaths at the camp were registered at the local registry office.

Around 10 SS men and 40 air force soldiers guarded the camp. The camp commander was SS-Untersturmführer Küster.

The SS evacuated the Lengerich camp on 1 April 1945, and the prisoners were transported to satellite camp A II in Barkhausen.

Period 

18 March 1944 to 1 April 1945

Number of prisoners

198 men

Kind of work 

Work in an underground plant

Slave labour on behalf of

SS Leadership Staff A I, Vereinigte Leichtmetallwerke Hannover