Half a millennium of steel

Historical archive of the BGH Group

The BGH Group Historical Archive was founded in 2013.

The task of the Historical Archive is to document and preserve the history of the company and the companies that make up this group or are yet to join it in accordance with the general principles of archiving. To this end, the Historical Archive continuously and systematically collects documents on the history of all companies and on current work, insofar as these are of particular importance or led to outstanding successes.

The goal of the BGH Group's Historical Archive is to make the collected documents continuously usable and accessible to all who wish to access them for the purposes of internal communication and research and historiography. The target groups of the archive are primarily employees, local researchers and research institutions. The use of the archive is possible after a written application and acceptance of the rules of use.


BGH Edelstahlwerke GmbH
Historisches Archiv

Contact person: Stefan Jentsch

Postal address: Am Stahlwerk 1, 01705 Freital
Visitors address: Hüttenstraße 1, 01705 Freital

Digitisation project
"VEB Edelstahlwerk 8. Mai 1945 Freital"

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The VEB Edelstahlwerk 8. Mai 1945 Freital was the only stainless steel plant in the GDR. It was built on the site of the Sächsische Gußstahlwerke, which was dismantled as part of the Flick corporation after the Second World War. In 1993, the stainless steel plant was taken over by the Siegen-based Boschgotthardshütte and continued as BGH Edelstahl Freital GmbH.

The photo archive documents the development of the plant from its dismantling in 1946 to its reconstruction from 1948 until the end of the GDR in 1990. The collection consists of about 64,000 negatives. The spectrum of images ranges from microstructural photos for materials technology and photos for the factory newspaper (Friedensstahl) to employee activities and the structural development of the factory.

After completion of the project, this important source on the industrial history of the GDR and the history of Freital will be searchable online via the Deutsche Fotothek and the DDB.

The digitisation was made possible by the German Digital Library as part of the "Neustart Kultur" programme funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM).

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