The Leuna Refinery, former East-Germany
copyright © Henk van Rensbergen 2001
Photographed June 2001
It's huge! It's gigantic! It's corroded and silent. The old refinery in Leuna (near Leipzig , in former East Germany ) is being destroyed.
There is no entrance to this place without permission. An active refinery operates on the premises and security is strict.
Demolition is in progress. Bulldozers chew large bites out of the factory buildings and silos, every hour, of every day.
The oldest part of the factory dates back to the 1930's. Hitler built this refinery beyond the reach of allied bombers. The Germans made kerosene (and many other products) from brown coal. The plant later refined Russian crude oil.
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