UMFan83 wrote:Is there a good list or map of German work camps during WW2? My grandfather was in a work camp when he was around 10-11 years old until after the war and he has never shared really anything about his experience with me until yesterday. But he couldn't remember the camp he was in other than it was about 30 miles north (I think) of Munich, it was relatively small compared to other work/concentration camps and it was close enough to Dachau that he could hear and see some of the bombing when it was liberated about 2 weeks before my grandfather's camp was ultimately liberated by American troops.
Some fascinating (and sad) stories he had though. Conditions weren't great but nowhere near as bad as they were in concentration camps (after liberation he followed an American troop to Dachau and saw for himself all the gruesome conditions, people rail thin and walking around like zombies and that's not even mentioning the dead bodies. his experience was nothing like that). He talked about how the camp made this soup that was delicious and to this day wishes he could try again. He also mentioned how him and his 2 friends would sneak out of the camp some nights and go to German houses, knock on the door and beg for food and said most of them had looks of sadness if not outright crying as they gave them whatever extra food they had. Oh and after his camp was liberated, there was about 2 weeks where it was basically lawless in the town the camp was in...all the liberated people raided stores, ate big meals and just enjoyed being free. My grandfather stole a huge barrel with bottles of wine in it and had a bottle or two on a couple of occasions.
He's been super resistant to ever talk about it but once I got him to reflect he kept going and going, almost like years of memories came flooding back after years of repression.
If it was that close to Dachau might it be one of these?https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_s ... _of_Dachau
Slow day at work, so some relatively quick searching found this:https://www.porta-polonica.de/en/atlas- ... -neuaubing
That's in the western suburbs of Munich, not too far south of Dachau. The site says that the history of the smaller labor camps is something that unfortunately is much more murky vs. what is known about the larger camps and the concentration camps.