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Final Repository ASSE II (D)
Final Repository Gorleben (D)
Final Repository Schacht KONRAD (D)
Final Repository Morsleben (D)
Nuclear Complex La Hague (F)
Swiss Final Disposal Plans (CH)
Uranium - A Deadly Material

For the international work we produced some multi-language materials. You can download the pdf documents here or order the printed paper versions at the German Youth Environmental Office.

Overview of Materials

All materials have been printed - you can order them or download and print them yourself.

  • Uranium - A Deadly Material - Flyer about the uranium chain:
    • mining, conversion, enrichment, fuel fabrication, operation in nuclear power plants and reprocessing
    • it shows that uranium (nuclear) power affects the climate in each stage of the fuel chain and that it produces much waste with no perspective for a safe final disposal
    • there is also a strong connection between processing uranium in enrichment facilities and reprocessing units and the production of nuclear weapons
    • English: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • Finnish: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • German: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • Russian: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
  • Protest Postcards Against Uranium Mining in Finland - self-printed postcards

Final Disposal Sites

  • Gorleben - planned final repository for high level radioactive waste; officially called "exploratory" mine; situated in a salt dome
    • located in the "Wendland" region of Lower Saxony
    • currently a moratorium prevents the continuation of the mining works; not yet permitted to be used for nuclear issues
    • English: 144dpi, 600 dpi
    • German: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
  • ASSE II - old final repository for low and medium level radioactive waste; officially called to be a "research" mine; situated in a salt dome
    • located by Wolfenbüttel near to Brunswick (Braunschweig)
    • currently no more reposition of new radioactive waste; in the process of decommissioning
    • English: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • German: small solution, high solution
  • Schacht KONRAD - permitted but not yet used final disposal site for low and medium level radioactive waste; situated in an old iron mine
    • located by Salzgitter near to Brunswick (Braunschweig)
    • currently permitted to be used for nuclear issues but not yet in usage
    • English: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • German: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
  • Morsleben - old final repository for low and medium level radioactive waste; founded by the former GDR; situated in an old salt mine
    • located between Brunswick (Braunschweig) and Magdeburg
    • currently no more reposition of new radioactive waste; in the process of decommissioning
    • English: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • German: 144 dpi, 600 dpi
    • Research paper on safety and security issues in Morsleben: German (28,5 MB)
  • Switzerland - overview about the planned final disposal sites in Switzerland

Other Sites

It is planned to print further flyers about nuclear facilities in Europe:

  • Finnish nuclear sites - Finnish, English
  • Swiss final disposal site - French
  • Russian Kola NPP - Russian + English
  • Belarusian Nuclear Policy - Russian + English

All materials shall be translated to other languages, too, and will be provided for download on this webpage when finished.


All materials have been printed - you can order them or download and print them yourself.


Flyer to motivate people to become active on an international level and to subscribe to mailing lists or newsletters.
Feedback sheet to join the network - to send contact information to the network and to join projects, meetings or subscribe mailing lists / newsletters.

Order Printed Materials

You can order printed materials at the cost of the mailing expenses from the German Youth Environmental Office:

Nuclear Heritage Network
Am Bärental 6
D-04720 Ebersbach OT Mannsdorf

phone: +49 3431 5894177 email: contact AT[1]


These are presentations/lectures offered by activists and experts of the Nuclear Heritage Network. You are free to use the files for your anti-nuclear work and events. And you are welcome to invite the speakers given in the contact information to give these presentations in your place.

It is a presentation of the Nuclear Heritage Network, its basic ideas and targets as well as it is showing some international activities people of the Network took part in.
The presentation takes some 30 minutes. It can also be offered in German.
This slide show is about nuclear facilities in Germany, major German policy on the nuclear field and about the final disposal projects in this countries. It also includes some information on planned anti-nuclear activities.
As some details change frequently it is necessary to check before using the presentation for updates on the data.
The presentation takes some 60 minutes, depending on the deepth of the lecture. It can also be offered in German.

Nuclear Waste

This lecture gives an overview about the disposal of nuclear waste in Germany, the four more or less "official" final repositories for radioactive materials and about basic challenges of the final disposal of longterm radioactive waste. It takes some 60 minutes including a little bit of time to ask questions and to have some discussions. The presentation can be offered also in German.
Huge amounts of dangerous long-term radioactive nuclear waste are produced by nuclear power plants - it's not only a threat for people and environment today, but also for future generations over about 1,000,000 years. No safe final disposal site has been found anywhere in the world during the last more than 50 years - and this lecture explains why the aim of a safe final disposal of nuclear waste is anyway impossible.
On the example of the nuclear waste situation in Germany - where four so-called final disposal sites were in operation or are proposed to be used for that issue - the challenges of final disposal will be showed. The lecture will also discuss the Scandinavian concept for final disposal of nuclear waste and show that this model is even worse.
The event will be held in English by the German campaigner and journalist Falk Beyer. He did studies and research on the history of the former GDR final disposal site Morsleben and published several publications on this topic.
The Scandinavian disposal concepts will be a topic for discussion afterwards, and at the end we´ll get to see a video concerning the topic.
  • Morsleben repository
In 1969 the site selection for the proposed central nuclear waste repository of the GDR was made for Morsleben at the in those days border between FRG and GDR near Helmstedt. Up to the end of the GDR about 15,000 m³ of low level and medium level radioactive waste were stored there. After the reunion the federal government did not give up the dangerous "stalactite cave" (cite Greenpeace), but stored even more: some additional 22,000 m³. Morsleben is faced to water influx and collapse danger, besides the intolerable geologic conditions.
Booklet "Die (DDR-)Geschichte des Atommüll-Endlagers Morsleben" - Teil 1, Teil 2 German
Research paper: "Security Policies am Beispiel des Endlagers Morsleben" German
Website of the Greenkids' Morsleben project
Based on photos and historical documents this lecture provides an extensive introduction to the history of the so-called "final" repository Morsleben. All relevant aspects examined by the "Morsleben project" will be discussed in this event. The experience with this presentation showed us that this is a "heavy" information event due to the mass of facts and documents. It is not recommended for an audience looking for a "light" slide show to be lulled by.
The slide show can be downloaded here, though the scanned documents and photos need some coments by a speaker to get the meaning of them.
The slide show includes copies of documents of the German Federal Archives that can only be copied, distributed and used with permission of the Federal Archives. Thus, you must not use them besides for the information events the slides are supposed to be provided for.
The slides are currently only provided in German, but the presentation can be held in English, too.
Duration: some 1 1/2 to 3 hours (including breaks)
Technical requirements: digital projector & screen, computer/laptop
Slides:: (about 49 MB) German

  • Diashow "Das Tafelsilber der Deutschen Einheit?"

Eine kürzere und nicht ganz so informationsüberladene Diashow wie die "Einblicke in die Tiefen eines Endlagers" ist dieser Diavortrag zum Widerstand gegen das Endlager Morsleben.

Auch hier wird anhand von Fotos und historischen Dokumenten eine Einführung in die Geschichte des Endlagers gegeben. Schwerpunkt stellen jedoch die verschiedenen Phasen des Widerstands dar. Hier wird ein Einblick in die Vielfalt und die Hintergründe der Kritik an der Atommüllkippe erklärt.

Die Diashow kann hier auch heruntergeladen werden. Allerdings sind die eingescannten Dokumente und Fotos ohne Kommentierung durch einE ReferentIn nur bedingt aussagefähig. Die außerdem herunterladbare Stichpunktsammlung kann dies nur eingeschränkt ausgleichen.

Die Diashow enthält Dokumente aus dem Bundesarchiv, die nur mit dessen ausdrücklicher Genehmigung verwendet werden dürfen, was kritisiert werden kann, aber die Gruppe, die diese Materialien besorgt hat, berücksichtigen muss. Deshalb der notwendige Hinweis, dass diese Dokumente nur für die Infoveranstaltungen genutzt werden dürfen.

Dauer: etwa 1 1/2 bis 2 Stunden (mit Pausen)

technische Voraussetzungen: Beamer & Leinwand, u.U. Computer/Notebook

Folien zum Download: [ PDF-Datei ] (ca. 56,6 MB) [ OO-Datei ] (ca. 28,4 MB)

Stichpunkte zum Download: [ PDF-Datei ] [ OO-Datei ]

  • Gesprächsrunde zum Endlager Morsleben

In einer lockeren Runde tauschen wir uns über das Vorwissen zum ERAM aus und darüber, an welchen Informationen ihr besonders interessiert seid. In diesem Kreis erzählt die ReferentIn dann über die Standortsuche, Einlagerungen, den Einsatz von Stasi-InformatInnen im Endlager, Sicherheitsprobleme, den Widerstand gegen die Anlage oder was euch sonst interessiert.

Diese Veranstaltung gab es bereits häufig und es wurden ganz gute Erfahrungen mit dieser Form gemacht. Aus der Runde heraus können einfach neue Verabredungen für weitere Vertiefungen, Aktivitäten etc. entstehen.

Dauer: abhängig vom Interesse der TeilnehmerInnen kann das bei einer halben Stunde beginnen und bis zu mehrere Stunden dauern

technische Voraussetzungen: keine

Folien zum Download: gibt es nicht, aber einen Kurzüberblick eines solchen Arbeitskreises beim Bielefelder JUKSS 2005/2006

  • Film "Morsleben - und was wir dagegen haben"

Dieser Film war die erste Videoproduktion der Greenkids e.V. und stammt aus dem Jahr 1996. Die Unerfahrenheit mit dem Medium Video ist leicht erkennbar. Trotzdem gibt der Film einen guten Einblick in die Stimmung gegen das Endlager Morsleben in den 1990er Jahren.

Der Film kann natürlich auch ohne ReferentIn ausgeliehen werden. Einer Vervielfältigung des Videos spricht nichts entgegen. Empfehlenswert ist aber eine Kombination der Videovorführung mit anderen inhaltlichen Elementen, z.B. der Gesprächsrunde zum Endlager Morsleben.

Dauer: ca. 15 Minuten

technische Voraussetzungen: Videorekorder oder DVD-Player, Fernseher bzw. Monitor oder Projektor mit Leinwand

  • Final Repository Morsleben (Germany) - A Collapsing Salt Mine in the Process of Closure (contact: Falk Beyer, Falk AT
The former central final disposal site of the GDR is situated some 100 km east of Hannover and some 180 km east of Berlin in the German state Saxony-Anhalt. It is a former salt mine with a number of safety problems such as the danger of collapse, water flooding the mine and other problems resulting from an unsuitable geological situation.
Since 2003 the operator of the repository - the federal office for radiation protection (BfS) - is introducing some 800,000 cubic meters of "salt concrete" (a mixture of salt, concrete and further materials) into the caverns to "stabilize" the mine. In August 2009, the operator had to admit that a cavern with nuclear waste will cave-in soon: Some 20,000 tons of the repository will cave-in. That would effect the surface like a small earthquake, they said. This would not be the first cave-in in Morsleben.
The salt concrete is particularly responsible for this threat: The weight of the concrete is adding forces to the salt structures of the mine and will probably cause a collapse of the concerned cavern.
The presentation covers the history and current safety issues of the German final repository Morsleben. Morsleben is currently in the process of being shut down. On October 22nd, the public consultation process regarding the closure concept began. However, it will never be possible to make Morsleben completely safe, as it is already affected by water leakages into the mine, as well as cave-ins of large parts of the caverns.
Duration: some 30 minutes
Lecture and information event on the so-called "final" repository for nuclear waste in Morsleben/Sachsen-Anhalt (D) including films.
The information event starts with a historical documentary produced by Greenkids e.V. in 1995 made in bad quality but giving an impression of the early resistance of the youth environmental organization against the ERAM repository. The actual lecture takes some 30-45 minutes, and will be closed by a documentary on the cave-in risk produced by the operator of the repository, the BfS emphasizing the safety issues discussed before.
The information event provides basic knowledge in the history of the ERAM repository, legal procedures, resistance, lawsuits and threats, and it informs about the operators plans to close the plant leaving the dangerous waste in the mine faced with risks of flooding, collapse and release of the radioactive inventory.
The slides are currently only provided in German, but the presentation can be held in English, too.
Duration: some 2 hours
Based on pictures of anti-nuclear actions in Germany you will get an overview about the diversity of actions in the German anti-nuclear movement, its successes and strategies in the struggle against nuclear power.
Duration: some 30 minutes

Other Sources

This is an overview of good brochures and other materials from other organizations. We provide both the download links as well as the homepages of the organizations where you can order these specific materials.

Radioactive Contamination of the Baltic Sea



Nuclear Waste

Climate and Nuclear Power

Nuclear Accidents

  • LEGACY - documentary about a nuclear accident in the nuclear facility Dounreay/Scottland (UK)

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