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Following Germany's defeat Bernhard Rogge was confined in an internment camp for German officers near Heiligen-Holstein, east of Kiel, on 7 July 1945. He was cleared of any suspicion of war crimes and released on 17 September. The Commander of the British Eighth Army immediately appointed him to the committee charged with the rebuilding of the Schleswig-Holstein area. Rogge's accomplishments as a military man were remarkable. The Atlantis had covered 110,000 nautical miles (approx. 204,000 km) and spent 655 days at sea; he had achieved unequalled results, sinking 22 enemy ships totalling 145,697 tonnes. Rogge had also been presented with a sword by a Japanese private organization on 27 April 1942. In retirement Rogge lived at 26 Bahnsenallee in Reinbek in the southeastern outskirts of Hamburg. He continued to be active both in public roles and in his private life.

Keywords: Atlantis; Bernhard Rogge; British Eighth Army; Hamburg; internment camp



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