Camp Bergwald – German American Bund Camp

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Bergwald, a German American Bund Camp was built in the 1930s and remained in operation until 1941 when the FBI swept in and shut it down and rounded up some of the principals of the organization.

Federal Hill is located in Bloomingdale, NJ just north of where Rt. 287 and Hamburg Turnpike intersect, and right next to Pompton Lakes. If you go under 287 on Hamburg Turnpike there is a small county park on the right about 1/3 mile up the road where you can park. From there you need to cross the stream. The only way to cross from this location feet dry is to use an active railroad trestle next to the park.  If you go further north on Hamburg Turnpike to Van Dam Ave and turn right, there is a vacant area on the right where you can park and hike in.

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Grafitti covered foundations :
N 41° 00.066′
W 074° 18.440′

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The Iron Door :
N 41° 00.084′
W 074° 18.328

This is the infamous Iron Door on Federal Hill. It is a semi-natural cave with a sturdy Iron Door at the entrance. Looking up at the ceiling you will see gaps filled with rock and concrete. Near the entrance, a small iron pipe goes up through the ceiling. At the back of the cave is a hole for a chimney flue. At some point there must have been a wood stove in there. When the FBI raided the Bergwald Nazi Bund Camp in 1941 and rounded up the inhabitants, one of the locals explored the camp and found the cave filled floor to ceiling with documents in German.

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