Minna P


Minna P


Minna P's account of the events at Königstor 9, Weinberg bunker.


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Harry Ziegler


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Translated from the original in German: Present is Mrs Minna P., née Sch., born 5 December 1898, formerly of Königstor 9, now at no. 11, and makes the following statement:
When the radio stopped, we started leaving; we took our luggage with us. My daughter was with me. The neighbours, the Lohmanns from the pub came also with us. Also Mrs Glowka and the Rosenbergers. We went down Friedrich-straße and then into the bunker. We sat ourselves down, on places we had chosen, as far in as possible. It got more and more crowded; it was so full there. The air was bad but when they started the machines, the air got better. Then the lights went out, we heard banging, and slowly we became aware of what was happening. We stayed inside but some went out every now and again and had a look.
Afterwards, when it had finished, we would have liked to get out but weren’t allowed because all the streets were blocked. The men were fetched to fight fire, the soldiers mainly. Then the police went through, every now and again, and sifted the people. We stayed until the morning and then went home. Then we saw what had happened. Our way always leads through Friedrichstraße. Where the museum is, everyone from the public utilities was there and were bombed out and burnt down. It was towards morning. Everything was on fire, we did not pay much attention. Our house also burnt down and we now live in the house next door. I tell you, it was dreadful, when I came home and my husband had his eyes burnt, he had been on duty and had had to help.


Vermisstensuchstelle des Oberbürgermeisters der Stadt Kassel, “Minna P,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed July 13, 2020, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/8724.

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