There are dozens of pages about the American occupation of Aachen und the whole area in: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/report/other/us-army_germany_1944-46_ch10.htm#b3, Greetings from Germany, Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.
City archive- Stadtarchiv
Write to Aachen for Slave labor - 25 pages of research abbreviations, archives, list of books written in German about slave labor, catalogue references in archives
der RWTH Aachen
Phone: (0241) 80-6386
Fax: (0241) 80-8888-357
Web site: http://www.rwth-aachen.de/zentral/dl_archiv.htm
Book: Author: Müller,
Thomas Title:Zwangsarbeit in der Grenzzone. Der Kreis Aachen im Zweiten Weltkrieg.
(Aachen in the 2nd World War
Achterwehr, #1209; Schleswig Holstein Region, (British zone); mostly Poles;
Aglasterhausen, near Heidelberg
Hello, I am curious to find out if you know anything about a place in germany called "Aglasterhausen Childrens Center". It is where I was placed at 10 days of age. I understand that it was used previously as a place to euthanize children with deformities. Any insight you could give me would be appreciated. Thank You, Vicki
"We arrived in Aglasterhausen with the rest of the children in about two hours travelling time. It was situated in a small town Neunkirchen, 100 km from Heidelberg. The place we were in had been used as a home for retarded children. In 1937 all these children were put to sleep by injections, as was the custom in the Third Reich administration.
The camp consisted of about 200 children, from 12 months to 18 years old. Most of the children were Jewish from all over Europe: Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Romania, also non-Jews from Ukraine, Yugoslavia, Estonia, Germany, and Lithuania. The surrounding areas around the camp were just like in a dreamland. Beautiful, tall birch trees covered most of our front and back courts. On one side of the home was a meadow with a small river flowing. The most beautiful birds were buzzing all over us." For entire text see: http://migs.concordia.ca/memoirs/smilovic/part_7.html
2/15/007 Mrs. Kaczmar,
In 1947, my father, Konstanty Proniewicz, was transferred to the Children's Center here from Prien as an unaccompanied minor. He has told me that he remembers that there were people there from the USSR looking for Russian children. He lived here until 1948, when he was transferred to Bad Aibling. Any information on this location would be greatly appreciated. Max Monclair, Omaha, NE
Ahlen - is a town in the district of Warendorf, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approx. 10 km north-east of Hamm; mostly Poles, life today and museum, -14 camps (British zone). Krs. Beckum
Civilian work camps:
Lager Warendorfer Strasse, 500 persons
Lager Schuetzenhof, established 1942, 70 men and women
Lager Wiegard, 70 persons
Lager Tovarwerke, 60 persons
Lager Gasthof (Guesthouse) Quante (60 persons
Lager Fischer Mehring, 100 persons
Lager Theresienhof, 60 persons
Lager Koervers, 120 women in 1942
Lager Gasthof (Guesthouse) Rolf, 50 persons
9/2/07 Hello Olga,
Many thanks for your website - I was born in Ahlen - My mother told me there was a hospital* there but I cannot find anything about it. Anka Kowalczyk Ozzpol88@yahoo.com.au
I saw your request for information on the hospital in Alhen, Germany. I was there in 1996; I was inside the hospital and I took a picture of it. The name of the hospital is on the picture - I think it's St. Fransiskus - *St. Franziskus - Hospital Ahlen http://factpartner.de/6648.html My mother has the photographs, and I'll take a look at them when I get home tonight and let you know if that's it or not, but the hospital is there.
My parents were in the DP Camp in Ahlen also. In 1996 we went to visit Ahlen in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary. We saw the house where my mother lived (it now houses Gypsies), we saw the barrack where my father lived (it's now a storage building). And we saw the coalmine where they (and maybe your parents) worked. I took a picture over the fence and couldn't see what I was photographing, but when the pictures came back, I saw that I had photographed the wagons of coal with the numbers on them, and my mother said that that was EXACTLY the way the coalmine looked when they worked there; same wagons and same numbers; nothing changed in 50 years!
There is a street in Ahlen just before the woods that has a path leading to the hospital. My parents lived in a house on that street. They said that the Germans were forced to leave their homes on that street after the War, and the DP's got to live there for a few months. Beyond the hospital, there is a mill that still exists. We saw that too. When we were there, my father walked up to the front desk at the hospital and asked them if the nurse he worked there with in 1945 was still there - and they said that she had just retired! We visited the house of someone my parents knew in Germany, but have not been in touch with since 1946, and the lady recognized my father right away before we even told her who we were!
Oksana Melnyk email@example.com
12/11/08 Hello Olga,Thank you so much for your website and the trouble you have gone to, to bring some light to a very dark past. We have been trying to trace relatives of my wife’s father, because when he left Germany after the war he never had contact with his family and he has since died. We have traced his footsteps through Germany with the help of the ITS Bad Arolsen but we have many questions still outstanding.
We have found a reference in the Ahlen Archives to a workcard in the name of Semko Szwaluk the details are very similar to the details provided by my wife’s father. However we know that he assumed an identity, we just don’t know when, so any information on Semko Szwaluk may help.
We have a photograph of a man we would like to contact with a group of other young Ukraine men and know the name of only one. (Click photo to enlarge.)
We hope that someone may recognise some of the people in the photo. We know that the man in the bottom left of the photo is Mychajlo Szwaluk from Rozhadiw near Ternopil but need to know who the man reclining next to him is.
Any names or help would be appreciated. We can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Krysta & Mal Pitman
Ainring Jewish site (U.S. zone),
Oct. 1, 2013
Hanna Abaszidze (nee Trebert) 1916-1950
Hanna was born in Warsaw, and married in 1937 to Wachtang Abaszidze, a Captain of the 13th Division of the Polish Army. She is a distant relative of my wife, whose family history I am researching. I hope this post may generate some additional info about Hanna.
Wachtang was Georgian, having fought in the Russian Civil War 1917-20 on the White Russian side, and escaped via Constantinople to be recruited into the new Polish Army. Captured in September 1939, he was released in December 1939. Hanna and Wachtang passed the war in Warsaw, but so far as one can gather they drifted apart towards the end. Hanna managed to get away from Warsaw before the Uprising broke out on 1st August 1944, and at the end of the war found herself in the area east of Munich. As she spoke several languages fluently, she quickly found herself employed by the American forces as an interpreter, and then soon joined the International Refugee Organisation as a welfare officer (see photo below).
She worked in various camps from 1945 to 1950, so far as I can identify, as follows: Hammerau, Murnau, Freilassing, Laufen, Ainring and Bad Reichenhall. She was employed at Bad Reichenhall twice, and this was her last posting when on Saturday 13 May 1950 she drowned in a river above Bad Reichenhall trying to save the dog of a friend which had fallen into the river. She had a very large funeral, and people came long distances to attend. She would have been very well known in the camp network, being an outgoing and gregarious personality. She was buried at St Zeno Church in Bad Reichenhall, where a stone on her grave was maintained by someone until about 2006. I found the site of her grave a few years ago.
I have asked for this information to be posted on the Dpcamps website in the hope that it may ring bells with people interested in any of the camps listed. Maybe fragments of information exist here and there which will help me build up a richer picture of this young woman whose life was cut off so prematurely.
Eamonn Judge email@example.com
Third Armored Division Association Archives Alfeld is Sheet #4024
Documents in German about forced labor in Alfeld
My husband's family were in camp in Alfeld and Westfalen. Can you help with information in english please. I really find your sight informative. thanks Linda Juda
List of slave laborers: http://www.zweitausendeins.de/pdf/ZA.pdf
Alt-Garge, #255, Land Niedersachsen (British zone)
Altenstadt DP camp page photos and e-mails
Amberg Assembly Area No. 4, http://www.amberg.de/
Amberg statistics 1933-1945
Hi Olga, On review of the documents I have, it appears as if my wife's parents' identiy cards were issued by IRO Wurzburg in February of 1948. In February,1949 they got married while living in Assembly Area No. 4 in Amberg. Can you suggest any sources for information about these locations? Thanks, Alan Steinfeld Scarsdale, NY
State archive: Staatsarchiv Amberg
Phone: (09621) 307-270
Fax: (09621) 307-288
BERG On the Katharinenfriedhof are three mass graves of different groups of LV victims with own in each case Gedenksteinen. The 46 victims a large tomb thinks of the LV law in the penintentiary Amberg. Between in each case 23 names is as inscription: "to the memory of concentration camp prisoners and political convicts of the penal establishment Amberg 1933-1945 the Himmli judge blank rejects wrong terrestrially court again shines your honour!" Over the mass grave for 300 Soviet prisoners of war is a stone with the following inscription: "see our wrong bury the controversy 300 member of the USSR" further one to 293 victims of the LV state intends a tomb with the inscription: "buries the hate the senseless controversy Gebeine of 293 humans from the east hears our call the flehenden cry. Victims of the war Mahner to the peace "on Israeli tables the cemetery, at the end of the Philipp Melanchthon road, are single and row graves for 16 victims of a concentration camp. Sources: Flat, Norbert, trace safety device. Amberg and the district under the swastika. A signpost/guide to places of fascist suppression and the anti-fascist resistance in the district Amberg Sulzbach and in the city Amberg, wet living 1989. 23 names finds. Computer translated text from http://www.schmal-andreas.de/ I am looking for a camp that I believe that my parents were in after the war. The name of the camp is Kaiser Wilhelm Kaserne. My parents were there in the time frame of around 1949-1950. Thanks you, E. Hutchins
Kaiser Wilhelm Kaserne in Amberg, plus more:
City archive: Stadtarchiv Arolsen (Waldeck)
Anschrift: Grosse Allee 26, D-34454 Arolsen
Stiftsarchiv Aschaffenburg, Schönborner Hof
Tel: (06021) 330-6213
Fax: (06021) 29540
Hello, Olga. I know that we were in a camp in Czechoslovakia, where my sister died; Wurzburg; Kleinheubach/Lowenstein; and Aschaffenburg, where we lived in a room on the first floor of the administration building which was right by the main gate and also contained the jail. I was trying to research the DP camps, especially the one in Aschaffenburg. I've found references to the Ukrainian camp but have not found any to the Estonian camp. I know it existed because I spent over two years there after the end of the war, and it was our starting point when we emigrated to the US. Can you give me any info/URL's which would lead me to sites where I might learn more about the Estonian camp? Tonu & Nancy
Arnsberg (British zone), mostly Yugoslavs
Ascheberg - 5 camps (British zone)
Aschendorf-Hummling - Try Hannover archives
Am Bokemahle 14-16
Tel: 05 11 - 16 84 21 73
Fax: 05 11 - 16 84 65 90
5 Jun 2010 Hello,
My parents were displaced people from Poland, and were in a camp in Germany where I was born as well as my three brothers. I believe it was Aschendorf-Hummling, don't know much about it, my parents never talked about it. We came to the U. S. in 1951 lower East side. They are not living now and would like to find out about the past. I have old documents and photos, the documents are in German as well as the passport. They were helped by the International refugee organization. I have a letter telling my parents where they will be living in N.Y. and his job as a janitor.
My question is how do I go about finding out more information about the camp they were in? If there is a list of DP camps to confirm? I am doing this for my grand children so they know the family history.
Appreciate your Help, Monica Honjune@aol.com
Asten now has its own page. Auerbach German site; another site: http://www.cityalbum.de/germany/auerbach.htm
Auermühle / Auermuehle, #2521, Land Niedersachsen (British zone)
Augsburg (US zone); Free Ukrainian. Univ.; Lithuanians
archives Web site
Addresse: Stadtarchiv Augsburg
Tel: (0821) 3 24 38 82
Tel: (0821) 3 24 38 83
MAN Aktiengesellschaft Historisches
Phone: (0821) 322-3912
Fax: (0821) 322-3291
E-mail: Gerda_Krug@mra.man.de and Gerlinde_Simon@mra.man.de
Web site: http://www.man.de
State archives: Staatsarchiv
Phone: (0821) 575025
Fax: (0821) 579945
Balts feared repatriation to their Stalin-controlled homeland due to 1940-41
year Soviets killed / deported 62,000 Estonians; 34,000 Latvians; 40,000;
Lithuanians (Wyman p.79).
Two daughters refused to leave their aged, blind father after they were accepted for U.S., not including a blind old man. He hung himself; a letter in his pocket begged the Almighty and his daughters to forgive him (Wyman, p.203).
Lithuanians take handiworks' courses in DP camp Augsburg-Hochfeld
Photo from Hearken Then Judge by Juozas Pasilaitis, submitted by Frank Passic
My father, born in Ukraine, was in Somme-Kaserne in Augsburg Germany in 1942 (verified by records held by Australian National Archives). He came to Australia in 1947 as a displaced person. We do not know if any of his family survived the war. Here is a little about Somme-Kaserne. In 1931/35 Hitler left the Somme (the large drilling place which built tanks) and the Arraskaserne (with offices for food supply). When the American soldiers came in, they called the camps Reese and Sheridan barracks, and another, the Flack barracks on the Neusaesser road. A camp for Nazi slave laborers (who did not wish to return to Ukraine which was under Soviet occupation) was established at Gegengen. In fall of 1945, the rapidly growing population at Gegengen was moved to another camp known as Somme Kaserne. Initially operated by the UNRRA, Somme Kaserne was turned over in 1947 to a new agency, IRO, which assisted displaced persons to resettle in other countries. Kindest regards Joanne Kotylak
July 4, 2013 Dear Olga Kaczmar,
Thank you very much for the interesting informations on your homepage.
Since some time, we are doing historical research on the Augsburg and the Swabian/Bavarian history concerning National Socialism, End of War, DP and American Life in Augsburg.
Especially for the life of the DPs in Augsburg there is not so much information until now.
We have a very good publication, latest production form 2012 (I am afraid, only in German):
Winfried Nerdinger (Hg.): Bauten erinnern. Augsburg in der NS-Zeit, Berlin 2012.
This book (“buildings commemorate”) deals also with the camps for war prisoners or inforced workers from eastern Europe countries.
At the moment, a museum is in preparation, in a former Wehrmacht/US Army Building, which was used 1944-45 as a dependence to Dachau concentration camp. It will reflect the history of national socialism, concentration camps, end of war and the US military presence in Augsburg.
By the way, I found some dated information on your site:
Staatsarchiv für Schwaben:
D 8858 Neuburg a.d. D.,
Since about 1990, this Archive (for Schwaben/Suabia, i.e. southwestern part of Bavaria) is located in Augsburg, not in Neuburg any more:
Tel. 0821/599 63-30
Fax 0821/599 63-333
Perhaps you will actualize this for any research purposes?
Kind regards, Tobias Brenner M.A.
Amerika in Augsburg
Augustdorf, #3130, #33/130, N. Rhine-Westphalia, (British zone), half Polish, Balts, Yugoslavs
Augustdorf is too small to be a city, but they have a communal adminstration, website:
Augustdorf on this map:
The history content (submenu "Geschichte") offers a lacking awareness for the DP camp history. But you may send an email to them with the email contact sheet on
But: you have to fill in the math question at the end (a spam filter!)
If you wish to contact them by ordinary mail:
Pivitsheider Straße 16
(You may address it directly to the mayor: Bürgermeister Dr. Andreas J. Wulf)
Records may also be held by the International Tracing Service
German regional archives:
Maybe you should try to contact this archives via email first; they are more professional than Augustorf administration.
Dr. Stefan Schröder firstname.lastname@example.org
Aurich, #211, Land Niedersachsen (British zone)
Phone: (04941) 176-660
Fax: (04941) 176-673
Web site: http://www.staatsarchive.niedersachsen.de
I hope you can help me with a conformation that my family were in the Aurich DP camp for approx 4 months from May to August 1950. Prior to that, we had been in at least 3 other camps in Italy Cinecitta, Versa and BagnoliÉ. I think. We left in 1950 from Bremenhaven on the Skaugum lll for Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia. But the ship kept breaking down soooooo we were off loaded in Fremantle, Western Australia. Then sent to a DP in Northam, Western Australia.
Names: Father: MRAMOR Quirino was born in Yugoslavia and listed as stateless. Mother: MRAMOR Rosa was born in Italy (Verona)
I think we were so very lucky to have been left in Perth Western Australia, I love it here. I would like to have the history to pass on to my family. Whatever you can help me with I would appreciated. Thank you in advance. Take care for now. Orietta Corbett. Australia
European Archives: http://councilforeuropeanstudies.org/resources/libraries-archives?gclid=COawguPSm8ICFVCCMgodPToARw