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SCHLEMA. Toxic Town to Health Spa. Where is SCHLEMA?. SCHLEMA is a small town south west of Chemnitz. It is in Saxony , a region in Eastern Germany that has a southerly border with The Czech Republic. SCHLEMA. Historical SCHLEMA. Originally Iron, Copper, Cobalt and Silver were mined.

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schlema

SCHLEMA

Toxic Town to Health Spa

where is schlema
Where is SCHLEMA?
  • SCHLEMA is a small town south west of Chemnitz.
  • It is in Saxony, a region in Eastern Germany that has a southerly border with The Czech Republic.

SCHLEMA

historical schlema
Historical SCHLEMA
  • Originally Iron, Copper, Cobalt and Silver were mined.
  • In the 1920’s a radioactive spring was discovered; this was used to treat rheumatism.
  • After the Second World War everything changed…do you knowWHY?
schlema 1945 1990
SCHLEMA 1945-1990
  • In 1947 the occupying Soviet force began the mining of Uranium for use in nuclear weapons, this was a form of “reparation”.
  • The town and spa grounds were completely sacrificed.
unification 1990
Unification 1990
  • In 1990 the mine was closed down at the cost of over 45,000 jobs.
  • The Soviets left Schlema with this…
what were the alternatives for schlema
What were the alternatives for SCHLEMA?
  • The whole area was contaminated so it could be sealed off.
  • The mine could still be operated to produce Uranuim.
  • The town could be converted in to a Health Spa using its radioactive waters to treat the sick again.
redeveloping schlema
Redeveloping SCHLEMA
  • In 1992 Wismut Gmbh began to decommission the former mine workings and actively rehabilitate the landscape.
  • It will cost DM 13 million and will take 15 years to complete.
attractions in schlema
Attractions in SCHLEMA
  • These include:
  • Radon-containing medicinal springs
  • Spa gardens
  • Hiking trails
  • Golf courses
  • Cycleways
  • Tennis courts
the schlema success
The SCHLEMA success
  • Having been around the full circle of development can SCHLEMA be seen as a success story?…you decide.