The completed EKO Stahl plant, pictured around 1955. Much of the workforce on both the EKO construction site and eventual ironworks were individuals who had been displaced during the War, who had come to the countryside eastern Brandenburg from destroyed cities like Cottbus, Dresden, and Berlin. Known as “Umsiedler,” or resettlers, these individuals played a central role in both the ideological and literal construction of the new GDR. Colditz, Heinz and Martin Lücke. Stalinstadt: Neues Leben - Neue Menschen. Berlin: Kongress Verlag, 1958.