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KL NIEDERHAGEN WEWELSBURG

Photo from the Fotoarchiv Kreismuseum Wewelsburg showing the Niederhagen camp immediately after the war. In the rear left in the industrial area the crematorium building can be seen. The oven was a portable single muffle oven likely to have been a Kori. This was in use from the beginning of 1943 until the closing of the camp.  Prior to the intallation of the crematorium dead prisoners were taken to civil crematoriums in Dortmund, Bochum and Bielefeld-Brackwede.

Once the crematorium was installed as for other camps Niederhagen became an official registrar in its own right for recording deaths and thus a death book was kept.  

Between April 1942 and March 1943 Niederhagen was used as an execution site for Gestapo prisoners in Westfalen/ Lippe.

Sources: Benz, Wolfgang and  Distel, Barbara: Der Ort Des Terrors Band 7, CH Beck 2008.

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