In 1913, the Škoda Wetzlar gunpowder factory was established in Moosbierbaum. As a target of the Oil Campaign of World War II, Moosbierbaum had a chemical works which performed 60,000 tons/year of Naphtha dehydrogenation, and an adjacent refinery for the oil from Zistersdorf. Moosbierbaum also had a Nazi Germany forced labor subcamp of Mauthausen.
Singer contralto Hilde Rössel-Majdan was a native of Moosbierbaum.
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