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During World War I from 1914-1918 5249 German U-boat men were killed in action. 200 U-boats were lost at sea.

During World War II from 1939-1945 30003 German U-boat men were killed in action. 739 U-boats were lost at sea.


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.

The memorial is a place of silence, of remembrance and memory - but also a reminder about war and violence.

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.

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.

Donations for the Conservation of the Memorial PDF Print E-mail

In the name of the Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation, the Submariners Association of Kiel, and the German War Graves Commission we would like to thank all known, and unknown and future friends of the foundation for their donations which enable us to maintain this worthy memorial so exemplarily.

We really appreciate your support. The foundation can finance - straightened also on the future - the maintenance operations and preservation works primarily from the only from the yields of the foundation means. Hence, we ask for donation contributions to the heightening of the foundation means.

Banking institute Banking ID Account IBAN BIC
Postbank Hamburg 200 100 20 208 316 203 DE19 2001 0020 0298 3162 03 PBNKDEFF
Volksbank Kiel 210 900 07 901 702 02 DE49 2109 0007 0090 1702 02 GENODEF1KIL
Deutsche Bank 24 Kiel 210 700 24 585 018 DE16 2107 0024 0058 5018 00 DEUTDEDB210
 
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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The Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation PDF Print E-mail

To be able to guarantee permanently maintenance and preservation of the U-boat Memorial at Möltenort, the U-boat Veterans Association of Kiel in 1975 came to the conclusion to found the Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation. The members elected a foundation board of directors and an foundation council. These gathered on December 5, 1975 to a meeting in order to found the Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation and to decide their statute. At that time an foundation capital 265,000 German Marks were available. Already on December 9, 1975 the foundation business was presented to the ministry of the interior to the approval, and was approved by the Minister of the Interior of the state of Schleswig-Holstein on January 16, 1976 and was published on February 2, 1976 in the official gazette of state of Schleswig-Holstein.

The Möltenort U-boat Memorial Foundation finances their work exclusively from donations. The foundation pursues the purpose, in collaboration with the Submariners Association of Kiel, the German Submariners Association, the municipality of village Heikendorf, the German War Graves Commission, and the Submarine Flotilla of the German Navy to guarantee the maintenance of the U-boat Memorial.

In addition the foundation takes part - within the scope of her financial possibilities - in the architectural maintenance of the memorial site.The foundation is accepted as a public welfare organization. Therefore donations are tax-favoured.

Beside the commitment active Submariners and veterans it is to be owed primarily to a servicing contract of the foundation with the municipality of village Heikendorf that the memorial site is always in cultivated state.

Beside the continuous maintenance numerous change and restoration plans from means of the memorial could be financed. As the latest example the renewal of the eagle on top of the memorial which could be financed predominantly by a generous donation to the foundation is to be mentioned.

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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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The German War Graves Commision PDF Print E-mail

The non-commercial German War Graves Commission (Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V.) was founded December 16, 1919 out of necessity. It is a humanitarian organization which is charged by the Federal Republic of taking care of registering the German war dead abroad and to ensuring that it is updated and monitored. The German Public Alliance advises relatives of war grave care, supervises public and private sites, supports international cooperation and assists within the sector of war grave care and fostering the engagement of young people in the last resting-place of the war-dead.

The German War Graves Commission is the owner of the U-boat Memorial at Möltenort. If one of your ancestrors is listed on the memorial bronze plates the German War Graves Commision will send you  on request and for contribution towards expenses a set of pictures consisting of a photograph of the bronze plate of the submarine with the name of your ancestor, a  zoomed photograph with the name of your ancestor and a photograph of the memorial site.

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Board and Council of the Foundation

Revision: March 02, 2012

Board of the Foundation

Heinz Potrafki - Submariners Association of Kiel - (Chairman)
Dieter Pahmeyer - Submariners Association of Kiel - (Vice-Chairman) 
Thomas Braun - Submariners Association of Kiel
Uwe Dahmke- Submariners Association of Kiel
Andreas Marzinek - Submariners Association of Kiel
Karl-Josef Schmeink - Submariners Association of Kiel

 

Council of the Foundation

Rupert Bischoff - Submariners Association of Hamburg - (Chairman)
Joachim Reuter - Submariners Association of Kiel - (Vice-Chairman)
Klaus Delfs - Submariners Association of Kiel
Hannes Ewerth - Submariners Association of Kiel
Richard Kesten- Submariners Association of Kiel
Frank Niemanns - German War Graves Commission
Alexander Orth - Municipality of the Village of Heikendorf
Heinz Thois - Submariners Association of Kiel

Contact Adresses

Revision: February 25, 2011

Chairman of the Foundation

Heinz Potrafki
Hufnerweg 14
24226 Heikendorf
GERMANY
Phone: +49 431 242980
E-Mail: Heinz.Potrafki@ubootehrenmal.de

Member of the Council

Heinz Thois
Liebesallee 2 a
24340 Kochendorf
GERMANY
Phone: +49 4351 751066
E-Mail: Heinz.Thois@ubootehrenmal.de

Language Sprache

German (DE-CH-AT)Englisch (Großbritannien)

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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, 16. April 2016,
10:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

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


Wednesday, 25. May 2016,
09:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

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


Saturday, 18. June 2016,
09:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

2nd major Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Wednesday, 20. July 2016,
09:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

3rd major Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Saturday, 20. August 2016,
09:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

4th major Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Tuesday, 13. September 2016,
10:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

2nd minor Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Wednesday, 14. September 2016 - all day
Submarine "U-Hai" Hour of Commemoration
Public Event


Wednesday, 21. September 2016,
09:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

5th major Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Saturday, 22. October 2016,
09:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

6th major Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Friday, 11. November 2016,
10:00 o'clock - 14:00 o'clock

3rd minor Deployment of Labor at the U-boat Memorial
Internal Event


Saturday, 12. November 2016,
14:00 o'clock - 15:00 o'clock

Hour of Commemoration at the U-boat Memorial
Public Event


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