Dresden (Goehle-Werk) subcamp

October 9, 1944 to mid-April 1945. In October 1944, three subcamps for female prisoners were erected in Dresden: two for the Zeiss Ikon AG (Goehle-Werk and in Dresden-Reick), and one in the Universelle Maschinenfabrik.


Most of the women were Russians and Poles. Along with Germans and French, one woman from each of Italy, Yugoslavia, Luxemburg, and Czechoslovakia were forced to work in the Goehle-Werk. In April 1945, 684 female prisoners were there.

Forced labor and quarters

The women were quartered in the Goehle-Werk (Riesaer Straße). There they were forced to produce mainly munitions for the 8.8 cm antiaircraft gun.


40 female overseers. Head overseer Margarete de Hueber was feared for meting out violent beatings.

Death toll

Two deaths were documented in November 1944. In January 1945, one woman was transferred to the Flossenbürg main camp and murdered.

Disbanding of the camp / end of the war

After the subcamp was disbanded, the prisoners were evacuated, taken by train and forced to march through the Elbe valley. The prisoners were liberated before reaching their destination of Leitmeritz.


Dresden (Goehle-Werk) - Bild 1Former Goehle-Werk Dresden, 2006. Partly vacant, the factory building shows that consideration was given to the threat of air raids.