Stalag IV-E

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Stalag IV-E / Stalag 384
Altenburg, Thuringia
Stalag IV-E / Stalag 384 is located in Germany
Stalag IV-E / Stalag 384
Stalag IV-E / Stalag 384
Coordinates 50°59′N 12°26′E / 50.98°N 12.44°E / 50.98; 12.44
Type Prisoner-of-war camp
Site information
Controlled by  Nazi Germany
Site history
In use 1940-1945

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]

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]

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

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kriegsgefangenenlager (Liste)". Moosburg Online. 2011. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Torres, Claude (2009). "Jean Lashermes". Musique dans les Camps de Prisonniers. Retrieved 7 December 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Sikorski, Marek (2009). "Historic Information". One, Two, Three, Four and a Suitcase. Retrieved 7 December 2011.