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Slave Labor Camp to Be Memorial

In response to protests by Holocaust survivors, German authorities have decided to preserve the site of the Dora-Nordhausen slave labor camp as a memorial to the victims who perished there.

Hartmut Sieckmann, minister of ecology of Thuringia, told the state parliament in Erfurt last Friday that a compromise had been reached that will keep the memorial while mining for gypsum in the region continues.

The German Jewish community was among many groups that campaigned against plans to demolish the camp in Thuringia, where the Nazis built their V-2 rockets in vast underground chambers, using Jewish and other slave laborers.

Heinz Galinski, chairman of the German Jewish community, was an inmate at Dora-Nordhausen.

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