Lucius Felix Silla wrote:Dear Mr. Wulpe,
This is not a game.
Here everyone try to post informations, suggestions, documents and also other material.
After, the readers are free to judge the quality of informations posted.
But you mention a project to build up in Lublin a new town for Germans. It ay be interesting to know the source of this information. I have not found any mention of this plan in any history of the town or in reports on the General Government.
Thank you for your help in this field of research.
...."In the plan for Germany's attack on the Soviet-Union the City of Lublin, the most eastern of the large cities in Generalgouvernament, was foreseen as a supply centre for the administration of the new "Ostgebiete". A new township for German inhabitants was part of these plans, which also included a centre for up to 60.000 SS-personnel, a number considered necessary for servicing these new territories.
The creation of this new township would require a great number of workers; prisoners in concentration camps and other internees would be the main source. Himmler visited Lublin on June 20-21 - 1941, just days before the attak on the Soviet-Union, and gave the order for building a camp for 25.000 - 50.000 prisoners in the district of Lublin.
Initially the camp was named "Das Konzentrationlager der Waffen-SS Lublin", and Himmler transferred the previous camp commandant of KZ-Buchenwald, Karl Otto Koch, to be in charge of building the camp.
The formal order to start the construction was given on September 22 - 1941. At that time the attak on the Soviet Union had gone on for some months, and on October 1 - 1941 a new order came for increasing the camp capacity to 50.000 POWs. The same month the first 2.000 Soviet POWs arrived to take part in the construction, and already in mid November 1941 the camp could house up to 10.000 inmates.
By the time 325.000 Red Army soldiers had been captured as POWs and imprisoned in Stalags and other German POW camps under the control of the Wehrmacht. Himmler, i.e. the SS, wanted to take charge of them and their labor effort, and agreed with Werhmacht Oberbefehlshaber General Walter v. Brauchitsch to a transfer of these camps to come under SS control.
On November 1 - 1941 an order was given for an increase of the camp size to 125.000 prisoners and on December 8 - 1941 to 150.000.Later, Himmler decided that Kriegsgefangenlager Lublin should also serve as a Konzentrationlager for political prisoners. From November 1941 to 1943 the official name for the camp was "Kriegsgefangenlager der Waffen-SS Lublin, and after that "Konzentrationlager der Waffen-SS Lublin."...