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Royal Salt Works at Arc-et-Senans

Royal salt works at Arc-et-Senans was added to the List of World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 1982. Nowadays, its a museum of architecture. During World War 2, the complex played an important role.

1938 - 1939
In 1938, the salt works was a camp for refugees of the Spanish civil war. In October 1939, the French army decided to place an anti aircraft battery on the promenade place. In the buildings around, French combat engineers were quartered.

1940 - 1943
In June 1940 the salt works was used as accommodation for German troops. A transit camp for gypsies stood here from May 1941 till September 1943.

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  • Text: Kaj Metz
  • Photos: Alex Ossel

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