Buchenwald Memorial in Weimar, Thuringia, Germany — Central Europe
"Blood Road" / „Blutstraße”
Access to Buchenwald Concentration Camp was initially gained by way of a narrow forest road which had served traffic over Ettersberg Mountain for centuries. Its reconstruction as an eight-metre-wide concrete road began in the summer of 1938. The road construction firm Zindt in Gotha was in charge of the project planning and realization. As many as two hundred inmates worked under the company's supervision at a time. Hundreds of inmates - chiefly Jews - hauled stones for the subbase from nearby quarries. The construction of the access road, which cost many lives, was completed in November 1939. It already bore the epithet "Blood Road" by that time.
In 2004/2005, a 300-metre stretch of the original road was restored and a 1.9-kilometre stretch of the concrete road was resurfaced as a means of preservation.
Sponsored by the federal government, the State of Thuringia, the Erfurt Employment Agency and the City of Weimar. Re-opened in September 2005.
Anfangs diente eine schmale Waldchaussee, die seit Jahrhunderten über den Ettersberg führte, als Zufartstraße
2004/2005 wurden 300 Meter der Originalstraße restauriert und die Betonstraße auf eine Länge von 1,9 Kilometern durch einen neuen Straßenbelag konserviert.
Getragen vom Bund, vom Land Thüringen, von der Agentur für Arbeit, Erfurt, und der Stadt Weimar. Übergeben im September 2005.
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Erected by Buchenwald Memorial Foundation.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Man-Made Features • Roads & Vehicles • War, World II. A significant historical month for this entry is September 2005.
Location. 51° 0.804′ N, 11° 15.357′ E. Marker is in Buchenwald Memorial, Thüringen (Thuringia), in Weimar. Marker can be reached from Blutstraße just north of the Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: South of the GDR Buchenwald Memorial parking lot, Buchenwald Memorial TH 99427, Germany. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. National Buchenwald Memorial (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); In Memory of the Soldiers of the XX Corps of the US 3rd Army (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); SS Guard Detachment Barracks (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Barrack / Baracke (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Camp Headquarters / Lagerkommandantur (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Dog Compound / Hundezwinger (approx. 0.9 kilometers away); Ernst Thälmann (approx. one kilometer away); Gate building / Torgebäude (approx. one kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buchenwald Memorial.
Also see . . .
1. Buchenwald Memorial Official Site. (Submitted on September 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Buchenwald in USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia. (Submitted on September 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Buchenwald: History & Overview. (Submitted on September 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Buchenwald Concentration Camp. (Submitted on September 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 28, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 423 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 6, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.