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Information required on location of WW2 prisoner of war working parties ( arbeits kommandos ) in Poland


Chemikiem
23 Dec 2020 #1
Throughout WW2, a member of my family spent the duration of the war in a POW camp, Stalag VIIIB, in Łambinowice, then known as Lamsdorf.

Prisoners were typically sent out from this camp to undergo forced labour in working parties in the surrounding areas and further afield. My family member, for example, was forced to work 12 hours a day underground in a coal mine.

Often, these working parties corresponded to areas and towns within Poland. This is what I am interested in.
Last week I received copies of some German prisoner of war records for my family member. The rest are in the Russian State Archives.There is not a great deal of information in them, but some of it is in German. I was hoping somebody here may be able to translate, although the handwriting isn't very legible.

Under 'Kommandos', two camps are referenced, E3 and E88. E3 corresponds to one of the working parties at Blechhammmer, ( Blachownia Sląską) where POW's were involved in building the Upper Silesian Hydrogenation works, producing synthetic gasoline from coal for the German armed forces.

More information here:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blechhammer
pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blachownia_%C5%9Al%C4%85ska
lamsdorf.com/uploads/6/4/2/7/6427590/blechhammer.pdf

E88 corresponds to working parties Hohrnlohehutte/Konigshutte. I have no idea what type of work POW's had to undertake at either of these camps, and there is no other information on the Lamsdorf website about them. I do know that Konigshutte is the German for Chorzów. It's a long shot expecting anyone to be able to translate or know anything about these working parties, but if anyone can help I would very much appreciate it.

Hope I can post the photos now!





pawian 178 | 16,078
23 Dec 2020 #2
but some of it is in German.

Our German members should solve it, I suppose.
gumishu 11 | 5,740
23 Dec 2020 #3
if your family memeber worked in a coal mine then it's probably in Koenigshuette/Chorzów because it's in a coal bearing region - Blachownia/Blechhammer is near Kędzierzyn-Koźle - there is no coal on the site but it is near enough to the Upper Silesia coal bearing region and on a major railway line - that's why it was probably chosen as the side of the hydrogenation plant

the first scan shows medical records - your family member received some sort of vaccination in 1940 (I guess TY stands for typhus)
OP Chemikiem
23 Dec 2020 #4
German members

I was hoping that BB or Tacitus might be around but it's a busy time of year at the moment. I don't know who else here reads German.

worked in a coal mine then it's probably in Koenigshuette/Chorzów because it's in a coal bearing region

Thanks for the reply Gumishu. You could well be right. What isn't listed though, is that he was in a working party named Agneshutte/Agnieszka. I have some handwritten notes of his mentioning this, and there was also a probable coal mine there. It was located in Dąb,Katowice. This information is on the Lamsdorf website, but it's a word document and I've no idea how to copy/paste it.

your family member received some sort of vaccination in 1940 (I guess TY stands for typhus)

That's the only bit of the writing I managed to understand! I guessed it was either Typhus or Typhoid. Am having problems just understanding the German font used! Thanks again :)
OP Chemikiem
23 Dec 2020 #5
This information is on the Lamsdorf website,

Agneshütte

translate.google.co.uk/translate?hl=en&sl=pl&u=pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kolonia_Agnieszka&prev=search

Cologne Agnieszka - a colony of workers, established for employees zinc smelter "Agnes" in Deba , now a district of Katowice .

Huta "Agnes" founded in 1842 , the inspector metallurgical Chorzele of Oak. In 1859 in the group of 24 people lived. During the first Silesian Uprising in the group took a short battle with a detachment of insurgents defending Grenzschutz transformer station. In the year 1924 Agnes was annexed along with adjacent Józefowcem to the municipality Wełnowiec . In the year 1951 the whole community became a part of Katowice . Currently, only fragments survive nineteenth-century building.

In 1931 unemployed coal miners took over an abandoned coal mine at Agneshütte and brought it back into operation. British POWs from 1940-1945 mentioned working at Agneshütte so it might well have been this mine.


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