Revisit to Stalag 3A, 1991
Converted to Soviet Military Base
|Sentry in small guard house in Soviet Base, formerly known as Stalag 3A.|
|Entrance to Luckenwalde (Stalag 3A)|
|Near entrance - monument depicts route Soviets took in WWII from Soviet Union to Luckenwalde (Stalag 3A)|
|1991 partial view of camp (base).|
Captain Alexander who acted as my interpreter in enlisted men's quarters!
He and his wife lived in the officer's quarters on the bases. I spent the better part of two days in his company. Among the things he told me was that the Soviet Union was no longer fearful of the west, but was concerned with the nations to the south of her borders.
Monument inside entrance.
"Testimonial to the suffering of Soviet citizens under fascist oppression from 1941 to 1945."
|Base wall. During WWII the walls were wire.|
|Open field where tents housing Americans were probably located in WWII.|
|Soviet personnel in leisure activity.|
|Officer in charge of the camp. I believe his rank was Colonel.|
|At the bar.|
|Colonel and chef in mess hall.|
|As lunch guest.|
|Storage of dress uniforms for enlisted personnel.|
|Another view of Soviet grounds. My son-in-law told me that this was an intelligence base. The Soviets were closing the base but even then this area was off limits to me.|
|Soviet school on the base.|
|Lake in area outside of camp grounds. I was told by the Captain that there was many secrets in that lake. When I returned to the United States I sent a letter to Senator Kerry and informed him of this lake and explored for American solders missing in action. At that time (in 1991) the great emphasis was on missing persons in Vietnam. Thousands, including many Americans, are still missing in action from WWII. And Little or no attention is paid to that.|
|Another view of the lake...not very large...but deep. It is possible that this lake no longer exists. When the Soviets closed the camp the area was subsequently developed into its current bio-technology park.|
|Common(mass) grave sites (rectangular areas) outside of the camp near the lake.|
|A solitary headstone.|
|Additional headstones. The majority of prisoners were buried in the common (mass) grave sites (pictured earlier)|
|This was the mass graveyard. Americans and other nationalities were exhumed after WWII.|
|My daughter Andrea, who with her husband, picked me up in Berlin and took me to Luckenwalde. He would not enter the the camp because he was employed as a civilian contractor for American Defense Department|
|This map is a schematic that shows the location of Stalag 3A.|
|This map shows the location of the Luckenwalde Museum which has a permanent exhibit of Stalag 3A.|
|This map shows Luckenwalde in relation to the surrounding area.|