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Buchenwald Memorial in Weimarer Land Kreis (District), Thuringia, Germany
 

Ernst Thälmann

 
 
Ernst Thälmann Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 25, 2013
1. Ernst Thälmann Marker
Inscription.

Eternal Glory
The great son of the German people,
the leader the German working class
Ernst Thälmann
on 18th August 1944
at this point of fascism
was murdered
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Ewiger Ruhm
dem grossen sohn des Deutschen volkes,
dem führer der Deutschen Arbeitklasse
Ernst Thälmann
der am 18. august 1944
an dieser stelle vom faschismus
ermordet wurde

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This memorial plaque, put up by the government of the GDR in 1953, was the first to appear within the area of the inmates' camp.

The commemoration of the Buchenwald Concentration Camp, focusing primarily on Ernst Thälmann and the communist resistance, played a prominent role in how the GDR perceived itself.

In the night of August 17-18, 1944, Ernst Thälmann, a member of the Reichstag and the chairman of the German communist party, was transferred from Bautzen Prison to Buchenwald Concentration Camp and shot dead by the SS upon entering the crematorium.
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Diese Tafel wurde 1953 als erste Erinnerungstafel im Bereich des Häftlingslagers von der Regierung der DDR angebracht.

Dem auf Ernst Thälmann
English Text below Ernst Thälmann Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 25, 2013
2. English Text below Ernst Thälmann Marker
und den kommunistischen Widerstand zentrierten Gedenken an das KZ Buchenwald kam für das Selbstverständnis der DDR herausragende Funktion zu.

Ernst Tällmann, Reichstagsabgeordneter und Vorsitzender der KPD, wurde in der Nacht vom 17./18. August vom Zuchthaus Bautzen in das KZ Buchenwald gebracht und von SS-Männern beim Betreten des Krematoriums erschossen.
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[French and Russian text not transcribed]
 
Erected 1953 by German Democratic Republic.
 
Location. 51° 1.302′ N, 11° 15.075′ E. Marker is in Buchenwald Memorial, Thuringia, in Weimarer Land Kreis (District). Touch for map. Follow the signs. Site is approximately 10 km NW of Weimar, off Blutstraße, west of Ettersburger Straße (L1054). Marker is in this post office area: Buchenwald Memorial, Thuringia 99427, Germany.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crematorium / Krematorium (within shouting distance of this marker); Stake and Cart / Pfahl und Karren (within shouting distance of this marker); Polish Patriots / Polischen Patrioten (within shouting distance of this marker); Female Victims of Buchenwald (about 90 meters away, measured
Ernst Thälmann Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 25, 2013
3. Ernst Thälmann Marker
in a direct line); Inmates’ living quarters / Häftlingsunterkünfte (about 120 meters away); British and Canadian Military Victims of Buchenwald (about 120 meters away); Barrack / Baracke (about 150 meters away); Storage Cellar / Vorratskeller (about 150 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Buchenwald Memorial.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on the east wall of the crematorium.
 
Also see . . .
1. Ernst Thälmann Bio. (Submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Buchenwald Memorial Official Site. (Submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Buchenwald in USHMM Holocaust Encyclopedia. (Submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. Buchenwald: History & Overview. (Submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
5. Buchenwald Concentration Camp. (Submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 298 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on August 25, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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