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Berga: Soldiers of Another War
Stories of Berga What Would You Do? Timeline & Maps Berga and Beyond War Crimes
Intro Part III. Sabotage Part II. Escape Part III. Sabotage Part IV. Death March
Part III. Sabotage -- You are still at Berga.Aerial view of the mines; the barracks
Part III. Sabotage -- You are still at Berga.

While the Geneva Convention of 1929 -- to which Germany was a signatory -- did not proscribe labor for prisoners of war, the convention specifically prohibited the use of P.O.W. labor for military purposes. Along with the horrendous living conditions and pervasive violence at Berga, the conditions and military purpose of the labor was a blatant violation of international law.

Whether or not they were familiar with the Geneva Convention, the Berga P.O.W.s clearly understood and resented that their work went towards the German war effort; many soldiers attempted to sabotage this effort. Leo Zaccaria remembers throwing everything he could into the river and contends many others did the same. Hans Kasten recalled a fellow soldier who "accidentally on purpose" threw a mine cart into the river and was beaten to death.

Prisoners working; inside the camp
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Sabotage was a way to hamper the Nazi war effort.


Next: Part IV. Death March

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