Hitler’s secret weapon remained unfinished: thousands of people died from its construction




Photo: Shutterstock / IURII BURIAK

Photo: Shutterstock / IURII BURIAK

Near Bremen, on the banks of the river Weser, lies one of the largest military projects in Nazi Germany.

It is considered the largest bunker in Europe, where Hitler worked in secret weapons: innovative submarines with which he wanted to “conquer the world.”

The Bremen-Farge bunker (Valentin) was one of the major military projects in Nazi Germany.

From 1943 to 1945, thousands of workers from all over Europe worked on the construction of the bunker, but not voluntarily.

Since the Allied Air Force was superior to most of German territory at the time, building submarines in much of the shipyard was an impossible mission.

At Valentino, submarines with a special type of technology were supposed to be built, behind walls and ceilings 4.5 meters thick.

Nazi leaders hoped to change the course of the war for them, breaking Allied routes across the Atlantic, so it is not surprising that at that time the Valentine project was a priority.

Photo: Shutterstock / IURII BURIAK

Photo: Shutterstock / IURII BURIAK

In just twenty months a bunker was built where slaves worked, in 12-hour shifts, without rest.

About two thousand of them died due to exhaustion caused by hard work and inhumane conditions.

Today only the names of 1,144 victims are known and the identities of the other victims have not yet been revealed.

The unfinished part of the bunker was destroyed by the British in late March 1945 and construction was stopped shortly afterwards.

No submarine was ever built in the Valentin bunker.

After the war, the Allies used the bunker as a target to detonate bombs.

Later, demolition plans failed and Valentin became a playground for local children.

Towards the end of the 1950s, the German army used it as a training ground and then served the navy as a warehouse.

Today, Valentin is a memorial center where exhibitions are held, commemorating the victims of the war and the futile suffering of the workers.



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