They got to know the underground “Projekt Arado” – – Kamienna Góra, Lubawka, Krzeszów, Chełmsko Śląskie

During the day June 13, 2022 students of class III b of primary school No. 2 in Kamienna Góra again went to the underground tourist route “Arado project” and took an active part in the “cycle of educational trips to ecological education centers and popular trips that explore the sights and nature interests of young residents of Kamienna Góra”, organized by the Board of the Branch of the Polish Youth Hostel Association and the “Arado Project – Hitler’s Lost Laboratory”, which has been actively cooperating for several years with the Kamienna Góra branch of the PTSM, whereby in the process of regional education for young residents of Kamienna Góra with the financial support of Kamienna Góra Municipality.

After reaching the Arado project and buying passes for the underground tourist route, they met a forced laborer, Daria Napierała, a guide for the subways in Kamienna Góra. After listening to the most important information about safely roaming the corridors in rock excavations on the slopes of Kościelna Góra, they boldly decided to cross the gateway to the metro.

Smoothly past the sentry box, guarded by a sleeping guard, Hans, safely following his guide through rock-cut tunnels, reached a room that mimicked a field hospital. They also found that when they entered the underground, they went back in time to 1943, when they began to drill underground tunnels for an unknown purpose. In the next hallway, they learned the truth about the forced laborer, who turned out to be a silent cop trained by British troops and thrown to the enemy’s back. The fifth graders underwent rapid intelligence training, after which they reached the room with a radio station and an oven for destroying documentation. Then one of the brave agents independently controlled the entrance to the tunnel below, which, thanks to the successful reconnaissance of a friend, the remaining young Kamienna Góra agents were able to get to safely. As they listened to the guide, they heard that the tunnel cut into the rock connected the underground tunnel to the nearby Falk Valentin Grünfeld factory. During the war, the factory of Kugelfischer, which produces half of the thrust bearings for the whole of Germany, was moved there and the design office of the aviation company Arado Flufzeugwerke Gmbh was placed. Throughout the journey, they were in danger of meeting German soldiers in their way, so the experience gained during the training was very helpful in reaching the next guardhouse safely. The curiosity of the underground in Kamienna Góra that they successfully discovered overcame their fears. Fortunately, they did not encounter any other German guards during the underground journey and the participants of the underground expedition safely reached the main attraction of the complex, a huge hall, in which they saw a large sign with the “prototype” of the ” Arado E-555.” – flying wing” aircraft and the makeshift workshop of its designer Walter Blume. In addition, in the hall they saw a model of this aircraft and took a commemorative photo with their guide in Kamienna Góra’s subways.

After leaving the hall, Daria Napierała told them about the weapons used during the Second World War, collected and presented in the underground tourist route in the following corridors, which served as a “weapons warehouse”. examples of short weapons – pistols, a mauser machine gun, machine guns used in Messerschmitt fighters, glass grenades, mortar grenades, anti-aircraft weapons, Nebelwerfer bomb – an explosive projectile called a “roaring cow” because of its characteristic sound, or a spare jet fuel tank for Messerschmitt with the words “Keine Bombe”.

Walking through the underground passages, they reached a barred tunnel, which commemorates the prisoners who worked to excavate underground tunnels in the camp’s “striped clothing” during grueling work, only a few of them managed to survive. For their hard work they were served very modest portions of food. A branch of the “Gross-Rosen” labor camp in Kamienna Góra (Landeshut) operates in ul. Nadrzeczna was one of the toughest of about 100 settlements in various towns in Silesia. More than 40,000 inmates of the Gross-Rosen concentration camp were killed there during the war. After hearing the information about the plight of the prisoners, Kamienna Góra’s third graders commemorated their memory and all the victims of World War II as well as the ongoing wars with a moment of silence. At the end of their stay in Kamienna Góra’s basement, they also saw an original Soviet naval mine and reached a walled rock recess in which they saw various “loots of war” looted by the Germans during the war.

Before leaving the Underground Tourist Route, they thanked their guide, Daria Napierale, for the new World War II news and, after saying goodbye to her in the rain, returned to their school.

The participants of the underground expedition were looked after by Dorota Chudek – the class teacher and Jerzy Rubach – the motherland teacher.

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