Travel Journal May 2018

Oberstech

Reisebericht von Roslyn Eldar , Melbourne ( Australien ) ihres Besuchs der Muna Lübberstedt am 4. Mai 2018

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5 women are recorded to have died in Lubberstedt ,3 of them from

beatings and 2 from “illness” .

In my mother’s DEGOB statement she notes”: The camp Commander

changed every three months; the third one was very bad. Two

women, who were sick and stayed in the room before roll call were

beaten to death by him. We heard them screaming and whining; they

died that evening…”

In the early 1970s there were preliminary investigations by Germany

into war crimes that were committed by the 3 Commanders and

various SS female guards of Lubberstedt. The Prosecutor stated that

war crimes were committed in Lubberstedt but they were not given

enough information by the survivors to identify the perpetrators .

There was a stay of proceedings by the Prosecution on 3rd October

1974.

The Bitter End

Of the 500 women transported to Muna Lubberstedt from Auschwitz , about

380 survived the war. 5 had died in the factory camp and about 60 had been

transported to Bergen Belsen of whom maybe 10 survived. Some died from

starvation and illness on the evacuating train . Approximlately 60 died when

the train was bombed twice by the RAF in the last days of the war. The

bombings occured in Eutin on the 2nd May 1945 and again near Plon on 3rd

May 1945 .The RAF mistakenly thought the train held only fleeing Nazis.

Many prisoners were injured by these bombings, including some with leg or

arm amputations and head injureis .

Liberation by the Britsh army occured in Plon on the 8 May 1945 .

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