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Nuclear reprocessing plant Wackersdorf

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WAA Wackersdorf (green building) and Murner See

The Nuclear reprocessing plant Wackersdorf (German: Wiederaufbereitungsanlage, abbreviated WAA) is a reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf in Bavaria, Germany. Because of protests the plant was never completed. Today it is an industrial site with no special features.

Anti-WAA protest

In the early 1980s plans to build a nuclear fuel reprocessing plant in the Bavarian town of Wackersdorf led to major protests. In 1986, West German police armed with stun grenades, rubber bullets, water cannons, CS gas and CN-gas were confronted by demonstrators armed with slingshots, crowbars and Molotov cocktails at the site of a nuclear reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf.[1][2] The plans for the plant were abandoned in 1988. It is still unclear whether protests or plant economics or the death of the Minister-President of the state of Bavaria Franz Josef Strauß 1988 led to the decision.[3]

The Anti-WAAhnsinns Festivals were political rock concerts which took place in Germany in the 1980s. Their purpose was to support protests against a planned nuclear reprocessing plant in Wackersdorf. In 1986, the fifth festival marked the peak of the protest movement against the plant.

Protest Monuments

To this day there are still some monuments to the WAA resistance:

  • Francis shrine (chapel) with the "Cross of Wackersdorf"
    At the shrine in the mid-1980s, WAA opponents met every Sunday at 14:00 for an ecumenical prayer and then moved into the area or to the hoarding. This is the same place where today the "Marterlgemeinde" meet four times a year to a prayer: at the Chernobyl- and Hiroshima-commemoration in memory of the shrine's saint Francis of Assisi on 3 October and on Christmas Eve.
  • Anti-WAAhnsinns Festival plaque at Lanzenanger in Burglengenfeld
  • Anti-WAA ex-voto in the Church of Our Lady at Kreuzberg, Schwandorf
  • WAA resistance memorial in front of the lake facilities, Bregenz Festspielhaus

Documentary films

WAA about some German documentaries were filmed.

  • WAAhnsinn – Der Wackersdorf-Film (documentary film 1986) [4]
  • Spaltprozesse - Wackersdorf 001 (documentary film 1987) [5]
  • Restrisiko oder Die Arroganz der Macht (documentary film 1989) [6]
  • Das achte Gebot (anti-atom-documentary film 1991) [7]
  • Halbwertszeiten (WAA-documentary film 2006) [8]
  • Albtraum Atommüll (ARTE-documentary film 2009 über den Verbleib von Atommüll und über die Gefahren der Kernenergie) [9]
  • WAA Wackersdorf: Strahlende Zukunft für die Oberpfalz (Monitor-documentary 1986 von Gabriele Krone-Schmalz, Ekkehard Sieker, Helge Cramer) [10]
  • 18 Tage freies Wackerland (Medienwerkstatt Franken, Bibliothek des Widerstands Band 19, BellaStoria Film) [11] [12]
  • Schreckgespenst WAA – Widerstand in Wackersdorf (Medienwerkstatt Franken, Bibliothek des Widerstands Band 19, BellaStoria Film) [13]
  • WAA-Schlachten (Medienwerkstatt Franken, Bibliothek des Widerstands Band 19, BellaStoria Film) [14]
  • Wackersdorf - ein Mythos? Was ist aus den WAA-Kämpfern von einst geworden? (Medienwerkstatt Franken) [15]
  • Lieber heute aktiv als morgen radioaktiv (ttt – titel, thesen, temperamente, Beitrag von Lars Friedrich) [16]
  • Zaunkämpfe (Medienwerkstatt Franken 1988, BellaStoria Film) [17]
  • Kirche unterstützt Mahnwache am Wackersdorfdenkmal (Salzburger Nachrichten[18]
  • Der Fahrradspeichenfabrikkomplex (Hörbuch-Feature 2010 von Angela Kreuz und Dieter Lohr)

Many other films and documentaries are available at "WAA Wackersdorf" on video portals such as Vimeo or YouTube.

See also


  1. ^ Energy and Now, the Political Fallout, Time, June 2, 1986
  2. ^ Germans Arrest 300 In Antinuclear Protests
  3. ^ Nuclear Power in Germany: A Chronology
  4. ^ WAAhnsinn – Der Wackersdorf-Film - (Vimeo ca. 90 Min.)
  5. ^ Spaltprozesse - (YouTube, Trailer zum Film, ca. 6 Min.)
  6. ^ Restrisiko - (YouTube, Trailer, ca. 7 Min.)
  7. ^ Das achte Gebot - (YouTube, Trailer, ca. 6 Min.)
  8. ^ Halbwertszeiten - (YouTube, Trailer, ca. 6 Min.)
  9. ^ Albtraum Atommüll - (YouTube-Playlist 1-10 je 10 Min.)
  10. ^ WAA Wackersdorf: Strahlende Zukunft für die Oberpfalz - (Monitor-documentary on YouTube)
  11. ^ 18 Tage Freies Wackerland 2-3 - (YouTube ca. 13 Min.), 18 Tage Freies Wackerland - (Vimeo ca. 32 Min.),
  12. ^ 18 Tage Freies Wackerland 3-3 - (YouTube ca. 11 Min.)
  13. ^ Schreckgespenst WAA - (YouTube ca. 4 Min.), Schreckgespenst WAA - (Vimeo ca. 26 Min.)
  14. ^ WAA-Schlachten - (YouTube ca. 2 Min.)
  15. ^ Wackersdorf - Ein Mythos? - (YouTube ca. 4 Min.), Wackersdorf - Ein Mythos? - (Vimeo ca. 24 Min.)
  16. ^ Lieber heute aktiv als morgen radioaktiv - (YouTube ca. 6 Min.)
  17. ^ Zaunkämpfe - (YouTube ca. 4 Min.)
  18. ^ Kirche unterstützt Mahnwache am Wackersdorfdenkmal - (Salzburger Nachrichten auf YouTube ca. 5 Min.)

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