Emslandlager XIV Bathorn - Bathorn, Germany
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dreamhummie
N 52° 35.431 E 006° 59.662
32U E 364138 N 5828609
Quick Description: Location of former POW Camp "Emslandlager XIV" at Bathorner Siedlung in Bathorn, Germany.
Location: Niedersachsen, Germany
Date Posted: 4/28/2019 3:44:08 AM
Waymark Code: WM10FAK
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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Long Description:
Emslandlager ("Emsland camps") were a series of 15 moorland labor, punitive and POWs-camps, active from 1933 to 1945 and located in the districts of Emsland and Bentheim, Lower Saxony, Germany.
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The Judiciary had the camp XIV Bathorn completed in June 1938 for a total of 1,000 prisoners in order to expand the system of the Emsland prison camps from seven to fifteen camps and to use more convicts for moorland cultivation. In August 1938 there were 228 prisoners in the camp.

In the summer of 1938, eight barracks were dismantled and transported to the Palatinate, where prisoners were used for forced labor in the construction of fortifications at the "Westwall". After the repatriation of the barracks, the reconstruction of the camp in May 1939 could be completed.

After the beginning of the war in September 1939, the High Command of the Wehrmacht took over the camp as a prisoners of war crew camp VI C Bathorn. In 1939 it was a transit camp for Polish, 1940 for Dutch and French prisoners of war. In August 1941, the Wehrmacht captured 4,016 Soviet POWs here.
In particular, the Soviet prisoners of war suffered due to the National Socialist racial ideology under a ruthless treatment. The inadequate nutrition and poor hygienic conditions in the overcrowded barracks claimed countless victims. After the cultivation work was discontinued in 1941, the German leadership increasingly used the prisoners of war in agriculture and in commercial enterprises - especially in peat and clay works as well as brickworks.""
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