Women’s concentration camp of Hannover-Limmer
The former area of the Continental Rubber factory in Limmer is in the process of getting redesigned: the old manufacturing plant has been torn down, only a small part is still standing and that is subject of discussions about its further use. The plan is to build there a residential area called “Watercity”. When this plan comes true, the memory of the former women’s concentration camp of Limmer will literally be filled. Since 2008, a group of persons has been investigating the history of this women’s KZ and demands the construction of a memorial for the women’s concentration camp in Limmer. More information about the work, projects and events of the Arbeitskreis under: www.KZ-Limmer.de
The Continental-Rubber-Company was founded in 1871 with its headquarters in Hannover and it took over of the plant of the Excelsior Pneumatik-Company in Limmer in 1928. From June 1944 to the beginning of April 1945, an external camp of the main concentration camp of Neuengamme existed on the grounds of this Continental Rubber Factory. More than 1000 women were interned there, most polish and french prisoners, captured by the Germans as activists of the french resistance or survivers of the uprising of Warsaw in 1944, but also women from Belgium, Luxemburg, USSR and Spain. They had to do hard labour in the factory. This radio broadcast is dedicated to the women detained and maltreated in the concentration camp on the ground of the Continental Rubber Company, remembering their torments, but also their struggles and survival strategies.