RUINS OF THE OFFICERS’ MESS

RUINS IN THE FOREST NEAR THE UNDERGROUND FACILITY AT OSÓWKA (SÄUFERHÖHEN)

RUINS IN THE FOREST NEAR THE UNDERGROUND FACILITY AT OSÓWKA (SÄUFERHÖHEN)

MYTHS ABOUT “KOMPLEX RIESE”

Background: Lower Silesia was barely touched by any military campaigns during the Second World War. When the Red Army occupied the region in May 1945, they quickly took control of an area whose local infrastructure had remained largely intact. In the Owl Mountains, many questions about the construction project called “Komplex Riese“ were asked, but most of them could not be answered. One reason for this were the migrant waves taking place at that time: the former German inhabitants of the region disappeared, while new Polish settlers moved in who had not been in Lower Silesia during the war and were thus unable to give any first-hand information on the subject. Hence, all the necessary groundwork for the creation of myths had been done, and this general tendency was strengthened by the fact that the area in question remained sealed off by the military even for a long time after the war.