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The remains of a WW2 Luftschutzbunker at the corner of Hogrevestrasse and Wendemuthstrasse in Hamburg-Wandsbek. The bunker was never quite completed and over 40 people took shelter here on the night of the airraids in July 1943. A direct hit entirely destroyed the bunker and all within. The remains of the bunker were still clearly visible until the early 1970s in the form of a high mound of rubble, as this was an enormous bunker. Later the ruins were covered over with earth and trees and flowers planted. This is how it looks today, a plaque in memory of the those within the bunker was errected in the mid 1990s.

Photos from 5. March 2017

 

A list of those who died in the bunker:

 

SCHMIDT, Elli Anna Helene, geb. PUMP

11.01.1914 Reetwischfeld Kr.Stormarn

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Ehefrau; verh. mit dem Bahnunterhaltungsarbeiter Paul SCHMIDT

 

BAUMGARTEN, Helga Emma Alma, geb. MANSHARDT

09.01.1920 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Frdh. Hinschenfelde; Schmüserstr.14a; Vater Otto Friedrich MANSHARDT, Mutter Martha Johanna MANSHARDT geb. SIEMERS; verh. mit Motorenschlosser Ernst Wilhelm BAUMGARTEN, 812.03.1938 Wandsbek.

 

BAUMGARTEN, Uwe Ernst Otto

26.05.1938 Hamburg

28.07.1943

Frdh. Hinschenfelde; Schmüserstr.14a

 

BOCK, Anni Helene Marie, geb. BEHN

08.01.1915 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Frdh. Hinschenfelde; Feldstraße 88; verh. mit Elektriker Paul Christian BOCK

 

CZAKOWSKI, Franz Paul

01.08.1877 Lonken Kreis Bütow

28.07.1943

Schuhmacher; Feldstraße 83

 

CZAKOWSKI, Minna Dorothea geb. KOOPS

25.01.1885 Schulendorf

28.07.1943 ca 1.30 Uhr

Feldstraße 83

 

DICKHÄUSER, Elli Emmy Minna geb. DOMINIAN

06.09.1899 Hamburg

28.07.1943 ca 2.00 Uhr

Rödingsmarkt 65

 

DOMINIAN, Ina Frieda Catharina geb. KAHL

17.06.1876 Bramfeld

28.07.1943 ca 2.00 Uhr

Mittelstraße 13

 

DÜHREN

Julius Theodor Fritz

19.10.1869 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Kaufmann; Mittelstraße 9

 

DÜHREN, Olga Catharina Wilhelmine

20.01.1871 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Ehefrau; Mittelstraße 9

 

FALK, Irma Frieda, geb. ALEX gesch. ROTHER

08.01.1895 Dresden

28.07.1943

Reinemachefrau; neuapostolisch; Mittelstraße 8; verh. gewesen mit Rentner Christoph Christian FALK, Hamburg-Wandsbek

 

HETTINGER, Friederike Auguste geb. TIMM

15.05.1877 Pinneberg

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Ehefrau; Mittelstraße 6

 

HETTINGER, Gustav Adolf

04.11.1873 Heilbronn

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Steindrucker; Mittelstraße 6

 

HILDEBRANDT, Irmgard Auguste

06.04.1928 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Schülerin; Mutter: Herta Amanda HILDEBRANDT geb. SOLTAU

 

HOGREVE, Andreas Karl Dieter

03.01.1934 Hamburg

28.07.1943

Schüler; Schmüserstraße 16a; Vater: Andreas Paul Willi HOGREVE

 

HOGREVE, Andreas Paul Willi

04.04.1903 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Dreher; Schmüserstraße 16a; verh. Emma Dorothea Erna HOGREVE geb. RIECKEN

 

HOGREVE, Emma Dorothea Erna geb. RIECKEN

16.08.1909 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Ehefrau; Schmüserstraße 16a; verh. Andreas Paul Willi HOGREVE

 

HOGREVE, Heidi Ursel Martha

31.03.1937 Hamburg

28.07.1943

Schmüserstraße 16a; Vater: Andreas Paul Willi HOGREVE

 

JENFELDT, Käthe Frieda Anna geb. WOHLERS

09.09.1912 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Ehefrau; Amandastraße 27; verh. Otto Karl JENFELDT

 

JENFELDT, Peter Walter Herbert

13.01.1943 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Amandastraße 27; Vater: Otto Karl JENFELDT

 

KROLL, Heike

17.04.1943 Hmb.-Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Vater: Autoschlosser Helmut Max KROLL, Mutter: Ingeborg Erika Hermine KROLL geb. SCHOENFELD

 

LEHMKUHL, Gerda Helga

15.12.1937 Hamburg

28.07.1943

Mittelstraße 20

 

LEHMKUHL, Gretchen Johanna Catharina geb. GRODD

14.03.1905 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Mittelstraße 20

 

LEHMKUHL, Gustav Julius

01.09.1907 Hamburg

28.07.1943

Schneider; Mittelstraße 20; verh. Gretchen Johanna Catharina LEHMKUHL geb. GRODD

 

LEHMKUHL, Ilse Gunda

09.02.1943 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Mittelstraße 20

 

LEHMKUHL, Ursula Renate

02.10.1941 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Mittelstraße 20

 

MANSHARDT, Martha Johanna, geb. SIEMERS

19.08.1892 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Frdh. Hinschenfelde: Ehefrau; Schmüserstr.14a

 

MANSHARDT, Otto Friedrich

16.03.1894 Wandsbek

28.07.1943 ca 1.30 Uhr

Frdh. Hinschenfelde; Meister; Schmüserstr.14a

 

MEYER, Meta Maria

14.09.1893 Hamdingen Krs. Pinneberg

28.07.1943

Ehefrau; Schultzstraße 12,

 

MEYER, Otto Albert Ludwig

28.06.1879 Wussow Krs. Randow

28.07.1943

Eisendreher; Schultzstraße 12

 

PATZIG, Bertha Auguste Luise

04.02.1885 Eutin

28.07.1943

Schultzstraße 12; („Verbrennungen 4. Grades“); geborene ROHDE

 

PATZIG, Robert Oskar

07.05.1879 Jöhstadt bei Annaberg

28.07.1943

Schultzstraße 12

 

RÖHRS, Edith

18.08.1931 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Schmüserstraße 12; („Verbrennungen 4. Grades“); Vater: Hans Heinrich August RÖHRS

 

RÖHRS, Hans Heinrich August

11.11.1908 Hamburg

28.07.1943

Feinmechaniker; Schmüserstraße 12; verh. Emmi Minna Johanna RÖHRS geb. CASPAR

 

SCHMIDT, Günter Hermann

10.01.1941 Hmb.-Wandsbek

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Vater: Paul SCHMIDT; Mutter: Elli Anna Helene geb. PUMP

 

SCHMIDT, Lotte Irma

11.09.1938 Hmb.-Wandsbek

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Vater: Paul SCHMIDT; Mutter: Elli Anna Helene geb. PUMP

 

SOLTAU, Amanda Auguste Berta, geb. SELHORN

08.06.1875 Wandsbek

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Rentnerin; verh. mit Straßenbahnschaffner Hinrich Jochim Jacob SOLTAU

 

STUHR, Arnold Rudolf Gerhard

21.11.1913 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Klempner; Schmüserstraße 15a; ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Hamburg-Tonndorf, Block ZF- Reihe ZG Grab 40

 

STUHR, Heike

25.05.1943 Hamburg- Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Schmüserstraße 15a; ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Hamburg-Tonndorf, Block ZF- Reihe ZG Grab 40

 

STUHR, Käthe Lisbeth

28.05.1920 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Ehefrau; Schmüserstraße 15a; ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Hamburg-Tonndorf, Block ZF- Reihe ZG Grab 40

 

STUHR, Marion Christa

02.04.1939 Hamburg- Wandsbek

28.07.1943 ca 1.30 Uhr

Schmüserstraße 15a; ruht auf der Kriegsgräberstätte in Hamburg-Tonndorf, Block ZF- Reihe ZG Grab 40

 

VOLTMER, Anna Helene, geb. KELLING

02.01.1895 Bevern/ Pinneberg

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Ehefrau, Hamburg-Altona, Holstenstraße 20; Vater: Hinrich KELLING; Mutter: Elsabe Metta KELLING geb. BOCK; verh. mit Arbeiter Heinrich VOLTMER; 8 08.11.1919 Wandsbek

 

VOLTMER, Heinrich

03.01.1890 Ostmoorende Kr.York

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Arbeiter; Hamburg-Altona, Holstenstraße 20; Vater: Peter Johannes VOLTMER; Mutter: Katharina VOLTMER geb. FELDMANN; verh. mit Anna Helene VOLTMER geb. KELLING

 

VOLTMER, Hermann Hinrich

04.02.1923 Altona

28.07.1943 ca 1.40 Uhr

Kaufm. Angestellter; nicht verh.; Vater: Hinrich VOLTMER; Mutter: Anna Helene VOLTMER geb. KELLING

 

WOHLERS, Friederike Caroline Emma geb. VOIGT

02.05.1884 Wandsbek

28.07.1943

Ehefrau; Feldstraße 83

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This is probably the most well-known bunker in Hamburg, and was considered a problem for many years after the war. Finally in the late 1980s a solution was met. Windows were knocked through the several metre thick walls, and the interior was converted for offices. Most of the firms which have settled in the bunker are from the advertising industry, and it is now often referred to as the Mediabunker. The bunker shown is situated on the Heiligengeistfeld between the Hamburg boroughs of St. Pauli and Karolinenviertel, near U-Bahn Statiion Feldstraße.

Originally a combination of flak tower and air raid shelter for thousands of the population, three of these were built in Hamburg, three in Vienna and three in Berlin. Several of these have been demolished in time, which was an extremely difficult task.

Fruther types of bunkers are the so-called Rundbunker, a rounded tower, next pictures: in Hasselbrook and Vorsetzen near the Port, which were built around 1941.

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I read L-Tower in Hamburg was demolished after the war and replaced by a building owned by T-Mobile, and  G-Tower was transformed into a nightclub with a music school and music shops.  Here is  Flakturm VI G-Tower. 

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They started that relatively early after the war, esp. considering there were so many homeless due to the bombings. In later years they were also used as storage facilites, some were kept maintained during the cold war period by the Katastrophenschutz (civil defence). I remember in the 1970s there was "Schnecke" on the Moorweide opposite Dammtor Station, which was a bar and discotheque, which is still there and is one of the "Rundtürme" type of bunker. Others have been recently converted into private appartments, and very expensive too. This was done by demolishing the roof, ceilings and floors all the way down and the front and rear of a bunker, and then filling it out as a new appartment block, basicly just retaining the original side walls.

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