Concentration Camp XIIIB (Falkenau) Liberation - Samuel Fuller Marker
Near a group of trees about 20 meters from the road between two high rise apartment buildings. Marker
A low inscribed stone with polished face with a map of the camp.
The marker remembers Concentration Camp XIIIB (Falkenau an der Eger) which was a sub-camp of the Flossenburg Concentration Camp. The camp was liberated by the 16th Infantry Regiment of the 1st Infantry Division on May 6, 1945. The marker also remembers the famous American Movie Director, Samuel Fuller, a sergeant in the 16th Infantry, who filmed his first movie at the camp documenting the horrible conditions: "Falkenau, The Impossible".
Samuel Fuller subsequently produced numerous movies to include the "Big Red One" in 1980. Fuller served in the 1st Infantry Division for the entire war, from North Africa through the Czech Republic.
The 1st Infantry Division was recognized as a liberating unit by the US Army's Center of Military History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1993. The 1st Infantry Division also liberated the concentration camp at Zwodau (Svatava).
The text on the marker is written in text and reads:
V TĚCHTO MÍSTECH SE NACHÁZELA KASÁRNA ČŠ.ARMÁDY, V NICHŽ BYL V LETECH 1941-1945 UMÍSTĚN LAZARET NACISTICKÉHO ZAJATECKÉHO TÁBORA STALAG XIII B. KVŮLI ŠPATNÝM ŽIVOTNÍM PODMÍNKÁM ZDE ZEMŘELO VÍCE JAK 2200 OSOB, PŘEVÁŽNĚ ZE ZEMÍ BÝVALÉHO SOVĚTSKÉHO SVAZU. STAV TÁBORA NATOČIL V KVĚTNU 1945 DESÁTNÍK ARMÁDY USA SAMUEL FULLER, POZDĚJI ZNÁMÝ FILMOVÝ REŽISÉR.
JEDINÉ, CO ZLU STAČÍ K VÍTĚZSTVÍ, JE, ABY DOBŘÍ LIDÉ ZŮSTALI PASIVNÍ
- EDMUND BURKE
The translation in English:
AT THIS PLACE WHERE CZECH ARMY BARRACKS WERE LOCATED, IN WHICH THE QUARANTINE SITE (LAZARET) OF THE NEARBY NAZI POW CAMP STALAG XIII B FROM 1941-1945. DUE TO THE POOR LIVING CONDITIONS, MORE THAN 2,200 PERSONS DIED HERE, MOSTLY FROM THE COUNTRIES OF THE FORMER SOVIET UNION. THE STATE OF THE CAMP WAS FILMED IN MAY 1945 BY US ARMY CORPORAL SAMUEL FULLER, LATER FAMOUS FILM DIRECTOR.
ALL THAT IS ENOUGH FOR EVIL TO VICTORY IS FOR GOOD PEOPLE TO REMAIN PASSIVE
16th Infantry Regiment, 1st Infantry Division
1st Infantry Division
3rd US Army
Holocaust Camp Liberation
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