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Stalag IV-E / Stalag 384
Altenburg, Thuringia
Type Prisoner-of-war camp
Coordinates Latitude: 50.98
Longitude: 12.44
In use 1940-1945
Controlled by  Nazi Germany

Stalag IV-E Altenburg was a World War II German Army prisoner-of-war camp located near Altenburg in the state of Thuringia, 45 kilometres (28 mi) south of Leipzig.

Camp history[edit | edit source]

The camp was opened in June 1940[1] to hold French prisoners from the Battle of France. Most of the prisoners were sent to Arbeitskommando ("Work Camps"). During Easter 1942 the orchestra and choir performed a "Mass of Consolation and Hope" composed by Jean Lashermes while prisoner in the camp.[2] On 1 June 1942 it was renamed Stalag 384.[1][3] In October 1944, several hundred women soldiers of the Polish Home Army were transferred to Altenburg from Stalag IV-B and were assigned to various Kommandos in the area. In mid-April 1945 the camp was liberated by units of the 76th Infantry Division, US 7th Army.[3]

Notable inmates[edit | edit source]

  • Jean Lashermes (1901-1972) - French composer.

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Kriegsgefangenenlager (Liste)". Moosburg Online. 2011. http://www.moosburg.org/info/stalag/laglist.html. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  2. Torres, Claude (2009). "Jean Lashermes". Musique dans les Camps de Prisonniers. http://claude.torres1.perso.sfr.fr/GhettosCamps/Stalags/LashermesJean.html. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Sikorski, Marek (2009). "Historic Information". One, Two, Three, Four and a Suitcase. http://www.sikorski-family.com/12HISTORY1.html. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 

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