VEB Klingenthaler Harmonikawerke in Vogtland in Saxony

VEB Bandonionwerk Carlsfeld, Erzgebirge in Saxony

The fading lettering of the VEB Klingenthaler Harmonikawerke built in 1957-60, known worldwide as of the brand Weltmeister.

Even before the founding of the GDR in 1949, the expropriation of medium-sized companies began in the Soviet occupation zone. Numerous instrument manufacturing companies have also been People Ownership Companys (VEB) and later merged into the VEB Klingenthaler Harmonikawerke, for example.

There has been a long tradition of manufacture in Klingenthal and the surrounding area since the 19th century, especially in the construction of mouth organs and accordions.