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Aachen, Ukrainian

    Dear Olga, In Spring 1945, the 658th Field Artillery Battalion (my father's unit) was located at Aachen, Germany and assigned security guard duties, including control of Displaced Persons (DP) Camps there. I would be interested in any additional information on camps Camp Brand, Camp Alsdorf, Camp Hertzogenrath, Camp Mine, Camp Telebinden, and Camp Zopp. Thank you, Bill Mullen

    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
    http://www.aachen.de/DE/kultur_freizeit/kultur/geschichte/stadtarchiv/index.html

    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

      Kreishaus Aachen
      Zollernstrasse 10
      52070 Aachen
      Tel: 0241/5198-0
      Kostenloses Bürgertelefon: 0800/5198000
      Fax: 0241/533190
      E-Mail:
      info@kreis-aachen.de

      Historisches Institut der RWTH Aachen
      Abteilung Hochschularchiv
      Kopernikusstr. 16
      52056 Aachen

      Phone: (0241) 80-6386
      Fax: (0241) 80-8888-357
      E-mail: archiv@rwth-aachen.de
      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
    http://abcatalog.net/buchtipp/wirtschaftsgeschichte/3832213015.html

Achterwehr, #1209; Schleswig Holstein Region, (British zone); mostly Poles;

Aglasterhausen, near Heidelberg

    Endel Taks was in the Aglasterhausen camp. Endel write us and tell us your story. Picture was in Getty Images and is no longer there.

    3/24/05
    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
    http://maxmonclair.blogspot.com

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


9/22/07 Reply:

Hello, Anka,
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 ukrphoto@aol.com
Chicago, Illinois


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 Ahlen Szwaluk grouptrying 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:  thornfield@bigpond.com
Thank you
Krysta & Mal Pitman

 

Ainring Jewish site (U.S. zone),

Oct. 1, 2013

Hanna Abaszidze in IRO uniform 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 ejjudge@googlemail.com

Alfeld

    City archives
    Seminarstrasse 26
    31061 Alfeld
    Tel: 05181/703-181
    Fax: 05181/703-216
    Email:
    museum.alfeld@t-online.de

    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

Alsdorf (See Aachen)
    http://www.alsdorf-online.de/de/geschichte/zwangsarbeit/

    http://www.kreis-aachen.de/C1256C020038A071/vwContentByKey/N25GGDC2946HBEDDE/$File/Zwang-ganz.pdf

    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/

    1945-50 Amberg wächst durch den Fiüchtlingszustrom um fast 12,000 Einwohner
    1945-50 Amberg by the Fiuechtlingszustrom grows by nearly 12,000 inhabitants

    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

    City archive:
    Stadtarchiv Amberg
    Postfach 2155
    92224 Amberg

    http://www.stadtarchiv.amberg.de/

    State archive: Staatsarchiv Amberg
    Archivstr. 3
    92224 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:

    http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=Kaiser+Wilhelm+kaserne

    http://people.freenet.de/110er/artikel110.pdf

     

Ansbach has its own page now. (US zone) Ukrainian, Jews
    US army installations in Ansbach and Kasserns, map, photos, history, etc.:
    http://www.usarmygermany.com/USAREUR_City_Ansbach.htm
Arolsen (U.S. Zone)
    Dr. Stefan Schroeder's report, Greven archives in German

    City archive: Stadtarchiv Arolsen (Waldeck)
    Anschrift: Grosse Allee 26, D-34454 Arolsen

Aschaffenburg camp info & photos (U.S. zone), mostly Ukrainian,
    Spessart Park, between Würzburg & Aschaffenburg; another site
    Visit Shevchenko Scientific Society Library for camp records.

    Stadt- und Stiftsarchiv Aschaffenburg, Schönborner Hof
    Wermbachstr. 15
    63739 Aschaffenburg
    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

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Arnsberg (British zone), mostly Yugoslavs

Ascheberg - 5 camps (British zone)

Aschendorf-Hummling - Try Hannover archives

    City archive:
    http://www.stadtarchiv-hannover.de

    http://www.hannover.de/deutsch/kultur/vera_kul/lndermus/lnzwisch/lndmuebe/lnstadta.htm
    Am Bokemahle 14-16
    30171 Hannover
    Tel: 05 11 - 16 84 21 73
    Fax: 05 11 - 16 84 65 90
    Email: karljosef.kreter.47@hannover-stadt.de
    Web: http://www.nananet.de/institut/stadtarchiv/index.html


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                                                                                           
      

Asperg

    The internment camp in Asperg issued money in denominations of 50 pfenning (pennies) and 05, 1 and 2 reichsmarks. Typed and rubber-stamped the notes appear with and without a stamped expiration date of Mar 3 or March 10, 1947. From Displaced Persons Camp Money by Frank Passsic and Steven A. Feller.
Assen, Holland (British zone)

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

    City of Augsburg Web site

    City archives Web site
    Addresse: Stadtarchiv Augsburg
    Fuggerstr. 12
    D-86150 Augsburg

    Tel: (0821) 3 24 38 82 (Gesch&3228;ftsstelle)
    Tel: (0821) 3 24 38 83
    EMail: stadtarchiv.stadt@augsburg.de
    Internet: http://www.stadtarchiv.augsburg.de

    MAN Aktiengesellschaft Historisches Archiv
    Heinrich-von-Buz-Str. 28
    86153 Augsburg
    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 Augsburg
    Salomon-Idler-Str. 2
    86159 Augsburg
    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

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    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.,
    Schloss, Germany

    Since about 1990, this Archive (for Schwaben/Suabia, i.e. southwestern part of Bavaria) is located in Augsburg, not in Neuburg any more:

    Staatsarchiv Augsburg
    Salomon-Idler-Str. 2
    D-86159 Augsburg
    Tel. 0821/599 63-30
    Fax 0821/599 63-333
    E-Mail: poststelle@staau.bayern.de

    Perhaps you will actualize this for any research purposes?

    Kind regards, Tobias Brenner M.A.

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    Amerika in Augsburg
    http://www.uni-augsburg.de/amerika-in-augsburg

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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:
http://www.augustdorf.de/

Augustdorf on this map:
http://www.augustdorf.de/aug-gemeindeportrait/lage-und-anreise/

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
http://www.augustdorf.de/aug-buergerservice3cbr-3erat---verwaltung/kontakt/
But: you have to fill in the math question at the end (a spam filter!)

If you wish to contact them by ordinary mail:

Gemeinde Augustdorf
Pivitsheider Straße 16
32832 Augustdorf
Germany
(You may address it directly to the mayor: Bürgermeister Dr. Andreas J. Wulf)

Records may also be held by the International Tracing Service
http://www.its-arolsen.org/en/homepage/index.html


German regional archives:
http://www.archive.nrw.de/LandesarchivNRW/abteilungOstwestfalenLippe/index.html
Maybe you should try to contact this archives via email first; they are more professional than Augustorf administration.
 
Best wishes,

Dr. Stefan Schröder stefan.schroeder@stadt-greven.de

 

Aurich, #211, Land Niedersachsen (British zone)

    Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv in Aurich
    Oldersumer Str. 50
    26603 Aurich

    Phone: (04941) 176-660
    Fax: (04941) 176-673
    E-mail: poststelle@staatsarchiv-aur.niedersachsen.de
    Web site: http://www.staatsarchive.niedersachsen.de

    Hello Olga,
    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

 

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