PURPOSE

The aim of this blog is to provide a focus for interest in and information on Stalag IVA in Saxony and its many work camps. There is already a website www.burg.hohnstein.info for the town of Hohnstein, which is dominated by the medieval castle in which the POWs of several Allied nations were imprisoned, and this does give something of an idea of what it looked like. The castle itself has a small museum open to the public. The web has a lot of information on the Stalag, but it is not brought together anywhere as far as I can discover and much of it is unreliable. 
The blog will help to contextualise and support work I am doing on aspects of the work of British POWs held in the Stalag and its work camps, but focussing in particular on the role and responsibilities of a Man of Confidence. This will centre on one of their number who was in an arbeitskommando in Dresden, K1326, whose camp diary and correspondence I have inherited.
I intend to develop pages on a range of Stalag IVA-related issues, including the camp personnel [German and Allied], the development of the Stalag, the structure, purpose and distribution of its work camps and military hospitals, German military organisation in Wehrkreise IV and the impact of the Allied and Russian land and air offensives, including during the forced marches south and west from mid-April 1945 onwards. I am interested in the bombing of Dresden in February 1945 only in respect of its impact on the work of the Stalag, its work camps and the lives of POWs.
I would be grateful for information and queries from readers of this blog on the Stalag and its work camps, particularly K1326. Of particular relevance will be the memoirs of former Stalag staff or prisoners or those of the representatives of the American and then Swiss Protecting Powers and of the ICRC and suggestions as to literature and websites related to the subject. In return the blog may assist the researches of people whose relatives may have been in the Stalag or its work camps, those looking at the POW experience more generally and students of the history of the area, especially during the Second World War. Finally, although my work centres on British POWs (which at the time meant those from the four Dominions, India, the Colonies as well as from the United Kingdom and citizens of the Irish Republic who joined the British armed services) I am interested in the stories of all those involved in the Stalag and its camps.
Revised: August 2013

4 comments:

  1. Hi Peter, keep up the great work! My late dad was in Stalag IV A (one of 10 000 South Africans taken at Tobruk) and was in Arb. 508. Your site helped me locate where they worked, and I am deeply grateful for that.

    I AM interested to find out whether the camp was affected by the marches of 45, but haven't had much success in that area.
    Cheers,
    Neil

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  2. My father was the man of confidence in Stalag IVA, ARB-KDO, 1325, one of his nicknames was 'the bishop'. he described the men of this small satellite camp being marched out one freezing morning in March. they were marched south towards Czechoslovakia. he looked back and saw hundreds of men from other camps join the march.

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  3. My grandfather was in Stalag IV A in Arb. 1032. He worked in Dresden and Radeberg. He witnessed the bombardement of Dresden from up close from a nearby hill.
    From Radeberg a unit of Dutch marched towards Czechoslovakia where they stayed in Eiland for a while (currently Ostrov in the Decin area).

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    1. Thanks for this. Do you have any more details/photographs? If so, please get in touch via petergregory999@gmail.com
      Peter Gregory

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