Interpretation centre opens at slave-labour site

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11 September 2006, NORDHAUSEN, GERMANY - A new interpretation centre was opened Sunday at the former site of a Nazi underground slave labour camp where 20,000 Jews and opponents of the Nazis were killed. From 1943 on, the Nazis forced a total of 60,000 people to work in the caverns building V2 missiles and other weapons. The permanent exhibition at the Mittelbau-Dora site in eastern Germany would be "a memorial of international importance," said one of the deputy speakers of the German parliament, Katrin G

11 September 2006

NORDHAUSEN, GERMANY - A new interpretation centre was opened Sunday at the former site of a Nazi underground slave labour camp where 20,000 Jews and opponents of the Nazis were killed.

From 1943 on, the Nazis forced a total of 60,000 people to work in the caverns building V2 missiles and other weapons.

The permanent exhibition at the Mittelbau-Dora site in eastern Germany would be "a memorial of international importance," said one of the deputy speakers of the German parliament, Katrin Goering- Eckardt.

For a long time, Mittelbau-Dora had been a blank spot in the map of Nazi concentration camp memorials scattered around Germany.

The new exhibition, which includes 250 photos, looks at the fate of the prisoners and the careers of the German engineers, among them Wernher von Braun who was not punished and went on to lead US space rocket research. The camp was near the city of Nordhausen.

DPA

Subject: German news

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