Additional information

Commemorative Buchenwald Railway Path
The website can be found here

Chronicle of Buchenwald Concentration Camp
An overview of the history of the concentration camp can be found here

Link

Timetable, bus no. 6
here

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Track construction

Inmates at work on the construction of the Buchenwald line, spring of 1943

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Photo: Claus Bach

Commemorative Path

along the former railway embankment.

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General map

Buchenwald Railway and Commemorative Path

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Photo: Claus Bach

At the former railway station

of Buchenwald Concentration Camp.

Commemorative Buchenwald Railway Path

In the spring of 1943, the SS forced concentration camp inmates to build the ten-kilometre stretch of track between Weimar-Schöndorf and Buchenwald within a mere three months. The line initially served the supply needs of the armament factory. Beginning in 1944, inmates – about one hundred thousand in all – were also transported on these tracks, many of them in open freight cars. Boys and men were brought to Buchenwald Concentration Camp from all over Europe and transferred from here to one of the subcamps for forced labour.

Buchenwald Station was also the point of departure for extermination transports taking children and sick inmates to Auschwitz, where they were murdered. When the SS evacuated the camps in the East in January and February 1945, mass transports were sent to Buchenwald. Many of the inmates were already dead upon arrival or died shortly thereafter.

Since 2007, the Commemorative Buchenwald Railway Path has made a section of the old railroad line accessible once again. It was laid out on the initiative of the “Projekt Spurensuche” carried out by the Gerberstrasse 1 Association and with support from the City of Weimar, the Buchenwald Memorial and the Förderverein Buchenwald e.V. association. The commemorative path begins on “Blood Road” some 100 metres uphill from the obelisk (branch of the Ettersburger Strasse) and ends at Buchenwald station. A shorter section can be chosen at the request stop "Gedenkweg" (bus 6).