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About the Memorial

The U-boat Memorial at Möltenort, Germany is dedicated to the memory of all U-boat men of German Navies who lost their life at sea. The U-Boat memorial is located at Möltenort at the east shore of the Kiel Bay in Germany. More than 35.000 names of the fallen German U-boat men of both World Wars are deceased on bronze plates. The memorial also serves the memory of submariners who lost their life in times of peace. But as well it is a memorial for all victims of the U-boat War.

Owner of the U-Boat Memorial is the German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e.V.). The Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation (Stiftung U-Boot-Ehrenmal Möltenort) maintains the memorial site in cooperation with the Submariners Association of Kiel. The German Submariners Association (VDU), the German Navy, and the German War Graves Commission support the maintenance of the memorial.



A Place of Memory and Meditation PDF Print E-mail

The landmark of the Baltic village Heikendorf, the mighty 4.60 m high eagle on top of the red 15.30 m high Weser sandstone pillar with the submarine-war badge is far visible.

The memorial is located at the narrowest place of the Kiel Fjord. It is the only common memorial of the submarine men of German Navies who left their life on sea.

The great expressiveness of this memorial is stamped in the determining masses by their internal extension. In the semicircle-shaped walk set in the earth, the names of more than 35000 fallen of both world wars are registered on 117 bronze boards after boat names, position and cause of sinking. On the forecourt of the arrangement two glass cabinets contain position plans of the boats lost in the 1st and 2nd world war. The great human tragedy becomes clear to the visitor if he has internalised the endless name chains on the bronze boards with the short, incomplete biography by the birth up to the early death.

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Opening Times and Location PDF Print E-mail

The memorial  is open to visitors from April 1st til September 30th daily between 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, and from October 1st til March 31st daily between 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The visit of the memorial is free of charge.

We request all visitors to respect the mermorial as a place of reflection and memory. We thank all those who help us to keep the memorial by donations or by cooperation.

Route to the Memorial:

Please  use the  map24 form on the right hand side in order to plan your route to the U-boat Memorial. Enter your start location in the Start field, choose aroute option, and click on the go button to start the calculation of the route. 

Alternativly you may use our static  mailMap24 visiting card to plan your route to the U-boat Memorial.

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for example: berlin kochweg 10
Destination:
U-Boot-Ehrenmal
24226 Heikendorf, Möltenorter Schanze
 
A Memorial for all German Submariners who lost their life at sea PDF Print E-mail

Already for many years (since 1983) it is the wish of the U-boat Flotilla of the German Navy that in the memorial a bronze plate is appropriated in memento of the submariners of the German Federal Republic Navy / German Navy who have lost their lives on sea. After many conversations during the last years with the different decision-makers, the foundation agreed to erect a stone for the dead soldiers of submarine "U Hai" (shark) at the memorial, and has decided the installation unanimously. The inspector of the German Navy has appreciated this decision with a letter from 22nd April, 1999 very much, because it also meets the wish of the U-boat men in the navy to think all members of the U-boat weapon who left their life at sea, at the memorial. At the same time the inspector of the Navy has asked the foundation to check with the German War Graves Commission, whether the memorial could be provided with a dedication which encloses all U-boat men of German Navies. In February, 2000 the foundation committees have recommended this proposal unanimously and submits to the presented it to the German War Graves Commission. Already on the 23rd of March, 2000 in Möltenort an agreement about the re-dedication recommended by the foundation (inclusion of the German Navy) was achieved with representatives of the German War Graves Commission. In September, 2000 the already existing bronze plate in the memorial round:

"To the memory of all dead people of the U-boat weapon of both world wars
1914 - 1918 and 1939 - 1945 "

..was substituted by a bonze plate with the following text:

"In honorary memory for the German U-Boat men fallen on sea"

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Opening times

The memorial opening times:

April 1st til September 30th: daily from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

October 1st til March 31st: daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm .

The visit of the memorial is free of charge.

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In order to make an online donation for the conservation of the U-boat Memorial at Möltenort please click on the donation button below. You can make donations from your bank account or by credit card.

Event Calendar

Saturday, 18. April 2015,
10:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

Minor Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Wednesday, 27. May 2015,
08:30 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

1st major Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


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