The Lütjenburg-Hohwacht satellite camp was set up in Hohwacht near Lütjenburg on the Baltic Sea in November 1944. 200 prisoners had been taken from Buchenwald concentration camp to the Neuengamme main camp where, after a quarantine period of several days, they were sent on to Hohwacht on November 16. They were made to work in the relocated part of the Kiel-based Anschütz & Co factory, producing navigational equipment (gyroscopic compasses) for the V2 rocket, declared a ‘miracle weapon’ by Nazi propaganda. The prisoners were housed in a former Luftwaffe barracks camp located directly on the Baltic Sea. They were divided up among three barracks, with four others used as workshops. 300 forced labourers from 12 nations were also housed in the same camp.

The work demanded a great deal of skill. Most of the prisoners were highly qualified professionals, so they were treated somewhat better than the prisoners in most other satellite camps. The camp was evacuated on 19 April 1945 and the prisoners were taken to Rathmannsdorf on the Kiel Canal. On 5 May, they marched from there in the direction of Kiel. Their guards left them in Kiel, and the prisoners continued walking in small groups towards Neumünster and Hamburg until they encountered British troops.

The guards consisted of older Wehrmacht soldiers who had been assigned to the SS. SS-Hauptscharführer Jonny Gätjens was appointed as Kommandant of the camp.


16 November 1944 to 20 April 1945

Number of Prisoners

200 Male Prisoners

Kind of Work

Production of navigational equipment for the ‘V2’ rocket.

Labor on Behalf of

Anschütz & Co. (Kiel)



24321 Hohwacht

From Plön train station, take the VKP (local transport authority) bus via Lütjenburg to Hohwacht.


At the initiative of private individuals and the Bündnis Hohwachter Geschichte (“Hohwacht History Alliance”), the municipality of Hohwacht erected a memorial stone and plaque on the site of the former satellite camp on 7 November 1999.


Bernd Romig
Am Binnensee 8 f
24321 Hohwacht

Tel.: +49 (0) 4381 – 4 58 6

Bündnis Hohwachter Geschichte

Rainer Buttkus
Heischweg 17
24321 Lütjenburg

Tel.: +49 (0) 4381 – 7 26 2
Fax: +49 (0) 4371 – 3 72 3
Email: roschw@mx.de
Homepage: www.zwangsarbeiter-s-h.de