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Moschendorf, Germany

The facility was constructed as a concentration camp and was was located in Hof near the Saale river in North eastern Bavaria very near the Eastern border.  The camp was located immediately along the railway yard between Regensburg and Moschendorf, served in 1945 as a transit camp for displaced persons and returnees. After the 1946 extension, the camp could accommodate 5,000 people, including refugees from the Soviet occupation zone, later East Germany. It was an extensive facility to provide for all the refugees and returnees, including a hospital. A kindergarten and school were established.  There was a Catholic church and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection. 

In April 1957 the refugee camp of Moschendorf was dissolved. The demolition of the barracks was not completed until the spring of 1962.  Today the property is home for a textile company. 

A monument on the street reminds Wunsiedler with the following inscription on the former camp: "The border transit and mass storage Moschendorf was here 1945-1957 gateway to freedom for hundreds of thousands of German prisoners of war, civilian detainees and displaced persons of World War II who came from the far reaches of the East. . admonition to condemn this place, the violence, to renounce the hatred aimed at reconciliation and true peace in freedom. "Dunning is the place to condemn the violence, to renounce hatred, to serve the reconciliation and true peace in freedom."

 

Lager Moschendorf: Stories of Franz Dreer & Family, remembered by his wife Anne Koch Dreer

 

Memorial to the Camp

Denkmal zur Erinnerung an das Lager Moschendorf in der Wunsiedler Strße in Hof (Saale).

Text at the bottom of the base:

"DAS GRENZDURCHGANGS- UND ENTLASSUNGSLAGER MOSCHENDORF WAR

HIER 1945 - 1957 TOR ZUR FREIHEIT FÜR HUNTERTAUSENDE DEUTSCHE

KRIEGSGEFANGENE, ZIVILGEFANGENE UND VERTRIEBENE DES ZWEITEN

WELTKRIEGES, DIE AUS DEN WEITEN DES OSTENS KAMEN

MAHNEN SOLL DIESE STÄTTE

DIE GEWALT ZU VERDAMMEN, DEM HASS ZU ENTSAGEN

DER VERSÖHNUNG ZU DIENEN

UND DEN FRIEDEN IN FREIHEIT ZU WAHREN"