For some time this building was headquarters of German artillery regiment 171 . The distillery clearly was the other building at Donskaya , as Alex explained .
I am quite sure that the distillery was the building , where the officers of regiment staff AR 171 committed suicide in January 1943 . I had the idea that some people thought "distillery" and "spirits factory" could be the same as in German language "spirit" is methylated spirit and not alkoholics for drinking . So could it have been that in the distillery only liquors for drinking were produced and in that former monastery methylated spirit ?
That would explain the confusion . Are there detailed informations on the former monastery building and its use ? And - by the way - could anyone provide a map / plan / sketch of this part of Stalingrad with the names of the public and commercial buildings ?
Also , I still am interested in other old photographs of the banya at Dvinskaya street . The only one known to me is that
post war photograph which Vladimir Kalgin
managed to provide .