A relic from the world of work
The “Völklinger Hütte” was and is one of the largest employers in our region. Many Elmer citizens found jobs in the immediate vicinity in the mining industry.
To commemorate and document this connection, the forge hammer was set up here in 1995 in the local recreation area of Mühlenthal at the suggestion of Elmer citizen Helmut Fritz.
His story (formulated by contemporary witness Helmut Fritz)
At the beginning of the 1950s, the French sequester administration of the former Röchling iron and steel works in Völklingen planned and built one of the largest and most modern production facilities in Völklingen.
A forge was also built here, which was designed exclusively for this production facility. The forging hammer was part of this system and was specially designed for the needs of the new roller mills 12 - 15 in the so-called "Nauweiler Gewann". Damage caused by malfunctions on the roller mills was eliminated with this forging hammer.
After a modernization program on Walzenstraße 14 - 15 in 1992, the forging hammer was no longer needed and should be scrapped. The local council Elm gladly took up the idea of setting up the forging hammer and unanimously decided on it at its meeting on March 16, 1994.
(Source: Weltkulturerbe Völklinger Hütte / Saarstahl AG)
April 5, 2020
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