In summer of 1944, the second largest Flossenbürg subcamp was erected in the Middle Franconian city of Hersbruck, near the swimming pool. In neighboring Happurg, male inmates were forced to dig a tunnel system for the underground production of aircraft engines. By April 1945, approximately half of the prisoners were killed.
The Hersbruck Documentation Center is a walk-in trapezoidal structure, which is aligned with the Documentation Center in Happurg. The cube focuses on the individual fates of the prisoners of the Hersbruck subcamp. The names of over 9,000 prisoners are projected onto a media table. One part highlights biographies and historical information. A second projection contrasts the present landscape with the topography of the former Hersbruck subcamp complex.
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You can reach the Hersbruck Documentation Center with the regional train R3 (Nuremberg-Neuhaus (Peg.) - Bayreuth), or with the regional train R4 (Nuremberg - Amberg - Sulzbach - Rosenberg), both to Hersbruck (rechts d. Peg.). From the train station, take the bus line 362 to the bus stop Fackelmann Therme. The Documentation Center is located about 200 meters (about 700 feet) from the bus stop going west (Badstraße).
The Happurg Documentation Center provides information about the forced labor and the historical location of the Hersbruck subcamp complex. In a display cabinet, a hammer drill is displayed, which was used for the construction of the tunnel. Audio stations with statements by former inmates illustrate the deadly element of the forced labor used for the construction site and in the tunnels.
You can reach the Happurg Documentation Center with the S-Bahn S1 (Nuremberg - Hartmannshof). From the train station, walk about 20 minutes towards Hohenstädter Straße and Südring.