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The Bunker Valentin is a place which recalls not only the war, but the Nazi regime itself. For the first time since the 1960s, the area can be accessed by the public, with information concerning the history of the building available.
The Bunker Valentin is the ruin of a submarine shipyard from the Germany war navy of World War II. From 1943-1945 thousands of forced labourers from throughout Europe were put to work here: civilians as well as prisoners-of-war and concentration camp inmates. More than 1,100 died during the construction due to starvation, illness and arbitrary killings. In the last five years, the Bunker Valentin’s space has been redesigned and is now open to the public for scientific purposes. Along a circular route of 25 stations, the story of the bunker is told with historical photos, witness testimony from those present at the time, and short explanations its history. The route begins with the memorial "Vernichtung durch Arbeit" - Annihilation through Work – and leads from there directly into the Information Center as well as to other stations on the grounds.
Six subject islands interface with the themes found along the circular route:
An interactive media table in the foyer of the information centre shows the geographical development of the industrial military landscape around the bunker "Valentin" from the beginning of the 1930s till now. In addition to individual tours, multimedia and audio guides are available for use.
Quelle: Harald Schwörer
Quelle: Allegra Schneider
Quelle: WFB/Jens Lehmkühler
The bunker "Valentin" in Bremen-Farge was one of the largest military projects in Nazi Germany. From 1943 to 1945 thousands of forced labourers from all Europe worked at the site. In the decades following the war, a debate about what to do with the shipyard, which was built with slave labour, raged. Even a complete detonation of the tremendous cement hanger was considered. Finally in the 1960s, the German navy used a part of the building as a storage area for material. The bunker’s compound could only be entered with special permission. After the departure of the navy, the free Hanseatic City of Bremen decided in 2010 to create and run a Bunker Valentin memorial, a place of historical significance which allows us to remember and reflect.
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