IG Farben Building
This building was the headquarters of the largest chemical company in Germany. During the war, they made extermination gas for the concentration camps. General Eisenhower would not allow it to be bombed because he wanted to make in his headquarters after the war. The family tie is Shannon's grandfather had an office here when he worked in intelligence after the war. He probably stood where Shannon and Ashton did above the clock. The only reference to the military headquarters is the glass door that says “Eisenhower Rotunda”. The statue of the naked woman was removed by Mamie Eisenhower because she didn’t want our soldiers to see it. They later found it in the basement. The building has now been repurposed for the University of Frankfurt.
Me, In 1969/70 I worked in a sub basement in the huge vault of the Farmin building. Because we could not take pictures I do not have any and wonder if anyone has pictures of this. In the basement you went down some stairs to what looked like a Navy Ship door and once i side there was the outer room to the vault. There was a walkway all the way around the vault and it was the total width of a finger building. There were bars to the entrance on each side of the walkway. There was also a set of stairs that went to the ground floor above however it was filled with comcrete 1/2 way up where you would turn to go the rest of the way up. Now the Vault. There was a small door on the Left at floor lever for moving stuff through and then the Huge Door in the middle where you walked down another 3/4 steps. The door was so large we used a crowbar to help to get it moving. Inside the ceiling was all the way up to the ground floor level. There were 2 rooms 1/2 the distance to the front wall and the other half was one really large room. There was a vent that supplied air to us.
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I'm Michael Smith and this website is simply documentation of our travels over the course of 500 days. We are very lucky. We went bowling ... and some other stuff.