Post Sorter at the Post Office

Postbags Were Sent All Over the World

Josef Kroupa talks about forced labour at the Deutsche Reichspost.

It Was a Dog’s Life

Josef Kroupa paints and describes the Reichspost barracks in Lichtenrade.

Post Card from Berlin

Josef Kroupa writes home, 1944.

Neighbours

Family celebration in Lichtenrade, 1942. A barrack from Josef Kroupa’s camp on Steinstraße was behind the garden fence.

The Czech Josef Kroupa had to sort post at the post office SW 11 (now Hotel Wyndham). He was housed in the barrack camp of the Reich Postal Directorate in Lichtenrade. Like most camps, this one was also located very close to tenements of the German population.

Over 400,000 young Czechs were required to go to the “Totaleinsatz” in the German Reich. In the racist Nazi hierarchy, they were between Western Europeans and Eastern workers.

Address:

Möckernstraße 135-141
10963 Berlin

Directions:

S Anhalter Bahnhof

Sources:

”Where Postbags Were Sent All Over the World”: Testimony of Josef Kroupa, 1997, and private photo, Collection of the Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt

“It Was a Dog’s Life”: Testimony of Josef Kroupa, 1997, Aquarell, 1943, Collection of the Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt

“Postcard From Berlin”: Postcard from Josef Kroupa, 1944, Collection of the Berliner Geschichtswerkstatt

“Neighbours”: Thomas Quilitzsch / Geschichtswerkstatt Lichtenrade