Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin – Wandlitz, Germany


Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany

History

Dammsmühle Castle, or Schloss Dammsmühle has a long history dating back to 1768. This year the two floors high castle was built for a Berliner leather manufacturer named Peter Friedrich Damm. But before there was a castle the location seemed to belong to a monastery which owned a mühle (Eng. Mill) here. There was a hunting lodge around 1650 belonging to Great Elector Friedrich Wilhelm before the grounds were bought by Peter Friedrich Damm. After his death it belonged to Adolph Wollank who expanded the castle. More owners followed until, in 1929, it became in hands of the English Harry Goodwin Hart, the director of Unilever company.

Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Dammsmühle Castle – Heinrich Himmlers House near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany

The Castle during Nazi Reign – Heinrich Himmler’s House

When the Nazi came to power in the early 1930’s things slowly started to change for the German Jewish people. Harry Goodwin Hart’s wife was of Jewish descent and they had to leave Germany. The Dammsmühle castle fell into Nazi hands, more specifically into Heinrich Himmler’s hands. Heinrich Himmler was Reichsführer of the SchutzStaffel, better known as the SS. Under his command 20 to 25 inmates of the concentration camp Sachsenhausen worked in the castle.

This wasn’t the only castle Heinrich Himmler owned, the notorious Wevelburg castle was his as well.

Reichsführer Heinrich Himmler – bundesarchiv-bild-183-r99621
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany

After World War Two

As the war neared his end the caste was used for the Battle of Berlin, Wehrmacht army-group Vistula under command of Kolonel General Gotthard Heinrici used it as headquarters to defend the city against the Soviet armies.

After the Battle was lost and Adolf Hitler’s death the Soviets took over the Castle, thereafter the Stasi, the secret police used it.

Dammsmühle Castle– Heinrich Himmlers House near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany
Schloss Dammsmühle – Heinrich Himmlers Castle near Berlin- Wandlitz, Germany

Visit

We visited the Dammsmühle castle which was being renovated in April 2023. There is a small car park nearby, a short walk through the woods brought us to the castle.


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