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    I would like to ask if there is anyone on the orum that lives near Landshut; could you take some photographs of the prison and the island called the Zwischer Brucken in the river Isar. I am particularly interested in the island as a RFC pilot I am researching was imprisoned there in WWI.
    Thanks Tom

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    I live there.

    The term Zwischenbrücken [Inbetween Bridges] refers to the Mühleninsel [= Mill Island], which is the part of town located between the two arms of the river Isar. Without using aerial photography, it is not possible to photograph the whole island. You can see some images showing one end of the island here:

    Panoramio - Photo of Landshut. Blick vom Martinsturm auf die Mühleninsel.
    Landshut von Oben (Martinsturm): Mühleninsel
    Nürnberg Luftbild - Digitale Luftbildfotografie - Luftbilder: Landshut

    For photos of the old prison, see...:
    http://v3.cache3.c.bigcache.googleap...rect_counter=2
    http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/9698601.jpg
    http://v2.cache7.c.bigcache.googleap...rect_counter=2
    ...and especially this gallery:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/Simon.A...y=fVX5jsltzIE#

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    My apologies for not replying sooner. ( My family and I just moved and things have been very hectic of late ). Thank you so very much for taking the time to post this information! It was very helpful indeed!

    Tom

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    Quote by HPL2008 View Post
    I live there.

    The term Zwischenbrücken [Inbetween Bridges] refers to the Mühleninsel [= Mill Island], which is the part of town located between the two arms of the river Isar. Without using aerial photography, it is not possible to photograph the whole island. You can see some images showing one end of the island here:

    Panoramio - Photo of Landshut. Blick vom Martinsturm auf die Mühleninsel.
    Landshut von Oben (Martinsturm): Mühleninsel
    Nürnberg Luftbild - Digitale Luftbildfotografie - Luftbilder: Landshut

    For photos of the old prison, see...:
    http://v3.cache3.c.bigcache.googleap...rect_counter=2
    http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/9698601.jpg
    http://v2.cache7.c.bigcache.googleap...rect_counter=2
    ...and especially this gallery:
    https://picasaweb.google.com/Simon.A...y=fVX5jsltzIE#
    Thank you again for these great photos! I have s few questions; Were these photos taken by you? Is the building still used as a prison today?

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    Quote by Croix de Guerre View Post
    Thank you again for these great photos! I have s few questions; Were these photos taken by you? Is the building still used as a prison today?
    No; the photographs were not taken by me.

    The old prison (built in 1906/1907) was closed down on 31 May 2008 when the new correctional facility in Berggrub was opened. see: Justizvollzug in Bayern - Portal )

    Still owned by the State of Bavaria, the old prison is now rented out and used as a disco/party area/event location sort of place (see: KN4ST - ehemalige Justizvollzugsanstalt Landshut (Knast) - Location ); it has also been used as a film location. (Recently standing in for a Russian prison in the feature film "Die vierte Macht")

    Its future appears uncertain, with numerous possibilities being discussed ranging from complete demolition to various concepts for full renovation/remodelling for new usages.

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    I have been attempting to find information about the history of the prison and am having some difficulty in finding any specifics other than vague references to WWI and it being used as a sub-camp for Dachau in WWII. Do you know anything about this history of the prison itself? When was it constructed? Was it always a prison? The subject of my book was only held there temporarily until he was transferred to a camp on the Zwischer Brucken. How far apart is the prison from the island?

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    After looking at Google Maps, it looks like there is a park of some kind on the southern tip of the island. Do you know where the POW camp might have been located?

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    I have come across other references to the Trausnitz castle as being a POW camp. The photos you shared with me are not the same place as the castle correct?

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    Quote by Croix de Guerre View Post
    I have been attempting to find information about the history of the prison and am having some difficulty in finding any specifics other than vague references to WWI and it being used as a sub-camp for Dachau in WWII.
    I am not aware of the prison having any connection to Dachau. However, a small satellite camp of Dachau - more like an external work detail, actually - existed near the local railway station, which is a good distance away from the old prison.

    Quote by Croix de Guerre View Post
    Do you know anything about this history of the prison itself? When was it constructed?
    From 1906 to 1907.

    Quote by Croix de Guerre View Post
    Was it always a prison?
    Yes.


    Quote by Croix de Guerre View Post
    The subject of my book was only held there temporarily until he was transferred to a camp on the Zwischer Brucken. How far apart is the prison from the island?
    From the prison to the near end of the Zweibrückenstraße roughly a kilometer.

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    Do you know where the POW camp might have been located?
    No.

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    I have come across other references to the Trausnitz castle as being a POW camp. The photos you shared with me are not the same place as the castle correct?
    The castle and the prison are in no way connected. The castle looks like this:
    Burg Trausnitz

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    Postscript: I just remembered a reference to local WWI-era French POWs in a book I have and looked it up. This should be of interest:

    According to the book, the first prisoner transport of some 1,400 Frenchmen arrived on 24 February 1915. The French POWs and their guards were billeted in newly-built barracks at Mitterwöhr, at the Trausnitz castle and in the lower-level rooms of the local cavalry barracks.

    Apparently, Mitterwöhr is what you are looking for:

    The Hammerinsel, the Mühleninsel (containing the Zweibrückenstraße/Zwischenbrücken area) and Mitterwöhr appear as one big river island when looked at on a map; for all practical purposes they are just that, but they are technically three distinct river islands separated by narrow watercourses. Mitterwöhr is the northernmost part. Have a look at it on Google Maps:

    https://maps.google.de/maps?saddr=Kn...a=ltm&t=m&z=14

    This is the route from the old prison to the northernmost end of Mitterwöhr; now the site of a camping ground.

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