Germany: Sausage museum planning to open at former Nazi death camp
German media reported Thursday on plans to build a sausage museum on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp for Jewish slave laborers.
The German Bratwurst Museum will be moved to the site, on the outskirts of the eastern town of Muehlhausen.
About 700 Jewish women from Eastern Europe were imprisoned at the camp during the Nazi era. It was a satellite site for the much larger Buchenwald death camp, which was liberated by the U.S. Army in April 1945.
Buchenwald was one of the Nazis first death camps and was also one of the largest – with more than 56,000 murders and 200,000 prisoners.
Inmates of both camps were deployed as slave laborers at local arms factories.
Today there is a large remembrance museum at the Buchenwald site.
The association operating the museum was unaware of the location’s history but said it was willing to commemorate the past appropriately.
Under the rules of Kashrut (Jewish dietary rules) eating pork – the main ingredient for most bratwurst sausages – is strictly forbidden.