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Lahde - 4 camps, #3137, #32/137, over 7,300 residents, Land Niedersachsen (British Zone), mostly Poles 7,500 Book in German, workers' camp in Lahde: Arbeitserziehungslager Lahde 1943-1945. Ein Buch gegen das Vergessen Stadt Petershagen (Herausgeber), zusammengestellt von Bernhzard Marowsky, Ideen und Druck, Lübbecke, Petershagen, 1995 Lahr, French Zone City Archive: Stadtarchiv Lahr
77933 Lahr (Schwarzwald)

Official city site: http://www.lahr.de/

Dear Olga,
Absolutely wonderful website. Do you have anything at all related to DP Camp at Lahr in the French Zone. I am researching Australian Immigration Post WWII and have not been able to find anything about Lahr anywhere. Thanks for your help. tpsoft@iinet.net.au Kindest Regards Tom Stiglmayer, Australia

Lampertheim, near Stuttgart;
1,100 resided in homes taken from German families. This led to lot of hostility against the DPs. (Wyman, p. 42), Jews Landsberg, (U.S.) 5,000 Jews Book: Heymont, Irving. After the Deluge: The Landsberg DP Camp, 1945. McLean, VA: Gen Rsrch Corp, Jul 1981. 195 p. D809G3H49. Diary of camp commander, 19 Sep-7 Dec 1945.

City archives: Stadtarchiv Landsberg am Lech
Lechstr. 132 1/2
86899 Landsberg am Lech
Tel: 49-8191-9457-16
Fax: 49-8191-9457-29
EMail: stadtarchiv@landsberg.de
Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.

NARA desclassified records:
Declassified records

BOX 64 Declassified NND 911081 File No. ZF015115 File Name Landsberg DP [Displaced Persons] Camp Riot

City archive / Stadtarchiv Landsberg am Lech,
Lechstr. 132 1/2,
86899 Landsberg am Lech

Photos at United Nations archives:
We have photo #UN22338: Jewish DPs in DP Camp of Landsberg, Germany
Please let me know if you would be interested in obtaining hi-res scans ($3 each) or prints ($ 7 each). Best regards,
Clara Gouy, Photo Librarian, United Nations, photolibr@un.org
Kosher food in camp:

Hi, Olga,
I, too, was in a number of displaced persons' camps in Germany from 1945 to 1948. In 1948, however, my father was employed by the U.S. Army as a translator for the Polish troops at the kaserne in Landsberg am Lech. He was part of the 7317th Labor Service Squadron, Landsberg Air Force Base APO 61. Would you know anything about that squadron? Any information that you could provide would very much appreciated. Sincerely, George M. Hayward

Landstuhl(French) Poles

Landshut Homepage of the city of Landshut: http://www.landshut.de/
1/16/05 8:54 PMwitchgoose@qld.chariot.net.au

Dear Olga,
My parents were both Lithuanians. They were taken off the streets in Kaunas together with their young son. My mother talks about being in Landshut and a hospital in Eishtett. We know they must have been in a DP camp before coming to Australia. However, how do we find out what camp they were in. Mum talked about her camp, where she was taken out to housekeep for some officers and there was a Red Cross orphanage next door for the children of the camp and others. This orphanage was subsequently bombed by the Allies who thought the building was being used for more sinister activities. My parents were JUOZAS GUDONIS and MORTA MOCKUS their children at the camp were PETER and IDA. Thank you Algis Gudonis witchgoose@qldnet.com.au / Australia

Langenberg (British)

Langenbochum (British)

Leese (Meerbeck in '47) #33/135; Land Niedersachsen (British)

Lehrte - Region Hannover in Niedersachsen City office: Rathausplatz 1
31275 Lehrte
Tel: 05132/505-0
Fax: 05132/505-115

Stadtarchiv Lehrte
Burgdorfer Str. 16
31275 Lehrte
Tel: 49-5132-839226
or search at the State's archives in Bueckeburg
Niedersächsisches Staatsarchiv in Bückeburg
31675 Bückeburg
Tel: 49-5722-9677-30
Fax: 49-5722-1289
Email: poststelle@staatsarchiv-bu.niedersachsen.de
Web: http://www.staatsarchive.niedersachsen.de

When I googled "Lager Lehrte" (camp Lehrte) I came to this link.
This seems to be a research project on forced labor camps in that region. Perhaps you can try to get information there. Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.

11/16/05 Dear Olga
would you have any information at all on a camp called Lehrte? Thanking you, Phobe; email:prettywoman250@hotmail.com

"New duties were added to the old of rounding up P.O.W.s, chasing down small bands of die-hard Nazis who still had weapons and ammunition, rounding up, feeding and controlling displaced persons by the thousands, freeing slave labor, restoring civil government under Allied supervision, helping civilians resume living and caring for themselves, like assisting farmers to find seed potatoes for the Spring planting, restoring order and helping shattered or isolated communities to function again." For more, see: http://www.35thinfdivassoc.com/CentralEurope/Europe-Page-4.shtml

"One platoon of the company was assigned to guard the remains at Gardelegen, Germany where the horror of the Holocaust touched these soldiers. When a German corporal realized his truck transporting slave laborers was going to be taken by the Americans, he herded the nationals, including Poles and Russians, into a barn, doused the structure with gasoline and struck a match to the building. Outside the Germans waited with machine guns for those who managed to escape. The Americans 'noticed a large fire and much machine-gun and tank action. They investigated and found the ruins of the barn.' George Riley said they were stationed in a building close to the remains." For more, see: http://www.janesgenealogy.info/army822nd.htm

"The only affidavit submitted with respect to the northern evacuations by any prisoner involved in the forced marches is an affidavit by Thurston Hunter, an English prisoner of war, who deposes that he, with 800 British prisoners of war, was marched from Stalag XX-A, evidently near Thorn [Torun], Poland, to Lehrte, near Hannover, in northwestern Germany." For more, see: http://forum.axishistory.com/viewtopic.php?t=62789 Leipheim, (Alija-Kibbuz Bar Kochba) - Balts, Jews United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Archives Record Group: PAG 4 Box 18-22: District 5: Mittenwald, Feldafing, Munich, Leipheim

NARA declassified BOX 62 File No. ZF015105 File Name Leipheim Displaced Persons Camp
Archives.gov Lentersheim / Lendersheim photos of the town available here My mother was in this camp from 1940-1945. So I am very interested in it.

Verwaltungsgemeinschaft Hesselberg
Wittelshofener Str. 30
91725 Ehingen.
Tel.: 09835-97910)

Dear Olga!
I talked to the guys in - Lentersheim. They say, that they have the regular registers quite complete (but not much further) and they told me of an afterwar-camp at the Hesselberg, where DPs stayed there only for short time, and then they were sent into 'private houses' like in Lenningen or Dinkelsbühl.

I was on the Hesselberg nearby ; it is a wonderfull hill, marvelous sight to all the area around. I asked a woman for details. She said: "The Hesselberg was a fortified place in the very early days of history. One still can see today the remains of the walls of the fortification. The Nazis wanted to have this impressing hill as a part of their propaganda and claimed him "The hill of the Franks (Franken is the name of the region)" and started to build there a school which never was finished."

It seems, that in these buildings, forced labour took place - and after the war, it was used as a DP Center to distribute the DPs to private rooms. C. Maihoefer, / Germany, 2003

Lette (British)

Leverkusen, Poles Stadtarchiv Leverkusen
Landrat-Trimborn-Platz 1
02 14 - 4 06 42 51
02 14 - 4 06 42 52

Lichtenau, Jews Stadtarchiv Lichtenau
Lange Str.39
D-33165 Lichtenau
Telefon: 05295-8936
Telefax: 05295-8970

Lichtenberg, #2929, Land Niedersachsen (British); Poles, Balts, Yugoslavs, others

Lindele Camp at Biberach Dear Ms Kaczmar,
Perhaps you are interested in these pages on Lindele Camp at Biberach in which mostly deportees form the Channel Islands were interned during WW II:
Keep up the good work! Dierk Andresen Organization: http://freemail.web.de/


Lingen (Ems) (Muehlenteich in 1947), #221, Land Niedersachsen (British zone) mostly Balts, Poles, Yugoslavs
City archives in Lingen (Ems):
Stadtarchiv Lingen (Ems)
Baccumerstr. 22
49808 Lingen (Ems)
Tel.: 49-591-9167110
Fax: 49-591-9167130

Mühlenteich is a different camp in a different town, namely Oldenburg (Oldb), see letter O. In Lingen (Ems) a Polish Camp existed from about August 1945 to June 1947. From January 1949 to June 1950 there was a Yugoslav camp "Dover" Gelköstenstiege and a second camp named Essex camp. Wolfgang Strobel author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.

Following excerpt from: http://www.9thrtr.com/individual/cordiner.htm
"The barracks at Lingen was on four sides of a barrack square. Memory has the number of occupants as Russians 8,000, others 6,000. The Russians, comprising men, women and children of all ages were under the brutal control of a self-appointed Commissar who had his staff, bodyguard, and executioners. He has his own guard at the only gate, alongside the A Squadron guard. The language problem created very great difficulty and the arrogance and insolence of the Russian command brooked no interference. For the small A Squadron party control was superficial and only a brave or foolish man entered Russian controlled buildings.

No member of A could forget the daily disciplinary court which was held by the Russians on the parade ground opposite A Squadron quarters. In view of all the Russians, who were commanded to be there, wretched people guilty of some offence were tried before the Commissar and dealt with. The platform at the edge of the square had a crude gallows permanently mounted on which regularly someone was put to death. Gunshots were often heard - it was seldom possible to tell if someone had been shot, though this was likely. As the Russian guards were so heavily armed nothing could be done, though protests were made.

Some Russians who spoke a little English expressed terror at the prospect of being sent back to Russia: something none of us British could understand. It is now only too clear the reason for the widespread fear of repatriation. [Olga's note: These were probably Ukrainians listed as Russians. Ukrainians were still fighting for independence at this time in guerilla combat against the USSR. They feared being repatriated back to Russia more than any other group.]

Some two million were repatriated to Russia in early summer, 1945, and most were killed, tortured, or made to suffer dreadful privation. They were all people who in some way had incurred the wrath of Stalin. This appalling story, of which A squadron saw very little, was magnified throughout the free world to colossal proportions. For purely political reasons, it seems, the West deliberately returned these millions to certain death. Nikolai Tolstoy relates the whole story in his book "Victims of Yalta" (Corgi Books). He describes it as "The true story of one of the most shameful episodes in World War Two".
Submitted by:Alan Newark Scotland

Linkerbeck (British)

Lintorf German site (British Zone), #3187, #41/187, Ukrainians, Poles, Yugoslavs Lintorf is a quarter in the northern part of the city Ratingen in North-Rhine-Westphalian (Germany); city in the northwestern part of Berg - about 12 km northeast of Düsseldorf.
City home page: http://www.lintorfer.info/
Kontakt per Email: Ralf von Kürten ralfvk@lintorfer.info
Fax und Voicemail: +49 (0)721/151500273

City archives: Stadtarchiv Ratingen Dr. Erika Münster, Archivleiterin
Mülheimer Str. 47
Tel.: 02102 / 550-4190
Joachim Schulz-Hönerlage, Dipl.-Archivar
40878 Ratingen
Tel.: 02102 / 550-4191
Fax: 02102 / 550-941
E-Mail: stadtarchiv-1@ratingen.de

11/25/04 Dear Olga
I hope you can help me. I am trying to trace or find any information about my deceased father's family. My Dad came to the UK in 1947. I have found his Registration/Identity card which states he was born in Tworenny, Krakow. Another card has an address of Tworylne Street 80 Sanok. He lost all contact with his family when he was taken from his home and sent to a camp at Lintorf. I would be very grateful if you could help me to make some progress as at the moment I am not making any. Thank you for your assistance. Anna Rutherford (Nee KORNAS)Lippstadt #32/115, (British Z.), mostly Poles, Hungarians, Russians Better late than never.I am now writing my memories of the was year when I was in camps in Germany. You mention under Lippstadt that there were mainly Poles. There was indeed a camp with male prisoners-of-war, most of them Russians. But there was also labour camp of 750 females, mainly Hungarian working there in the Armament factory. We came there from Auschwitz in September 1944. We were marched from Lippstadt at the end of March 1945 towards Bergen-Belsen, I think, but were eventually liberated by the US Army at Kaunitz on 1 April 1945. Greetings Iby Knill Loccum (2 camps-British Z.)

Loningen (British Zone)

Lübeck / Luebeck, 5 centers housed over 9,800 residents, #1211 (Balts), 1221 (Poles),1222 (Balts), 1223 , 1236 Schleswig Holstein (British Z.); Estonians, Jews, The Lithuanian Journal 'Varpas' (meaning freedom bell) was published by the Lithuanian DP camp in 1946.

City archives: Stadtarchiv
Mühlendamm 1-3
23552 Lübeck
Tel: 04 51 - 1 22 41 52
Fax: 04 51 - 1 22 15 17

"Under Bismarck's reign Lübeck became an independent province within the German Kaiserreich in 1871. It lost its status as a district in its own right through the Gross-Hamburg-Gesetz (greater Hamburg Law), when it was administered to Schleswig-Holstein, which was Prussian at the time.

"The hardest time in the history of Lübeck began when an allied bomb raid destroyed one fifth of the historic Old Town during the night of Palm Sunday on March 29th 1942. The Swiss author and diplomat Carl Jacob Burckhardt, among others, saw to it that Lübeck was not entirely destroyed. He was president of the Red Cross at the time and maintained that Lübeck's harbour was used for shipping goods to allied prisoners of war. Out of gratitude for preventing further attacks, the city admitted him as a freeman.

"It took many years and great efforts to reconstruct the city. Houses were renovated, facades were rebuilt according to their original designs and up to 1961 the naves were pulled up again with a lot of help from the citizens of Lübeck". more

Dear Olga
I was delighted to find the site dp camps and I have looked through with great interest. Both my Lithuanian parents were in dp camps. My mother was in Luebeck and she says she saw my father in Scwerin dp camp after the war. I would appreciate any help that you could give me. Thanks Birute Davies

Dear Olga Kaczmar,
I'm looking for a person called Theodore Serraris. After he was send to the concentration camp Sachsenhausen, he was seen in May 1945 in a Red Cross hospital in Lübeck (Germany). Could you give me a help, how to find this person? Kind regards Jan Burgers / Netherlands

Dutch slave labor who perished in Lubeck

Hi Olga,
Like your website.
My wife's parents were in the Hungarian Camp at Lubeck Germany from late 1945 to 1949, where they lived in a house which was shared with other people. My wife was born in Lubeck. We're looking for someone based in or around Lubeck who could act as a guide for us. This person must have English language skills, and preferably would also be knowledgeable about the locations we want to visit. Can you direct us to some one who may be able to help us? Thank you. John Lindsay /Australia

3/21/05 Hello, I am searching for my relative. His name was VLADAS MIZEIKIS and he was in Germany, city Lubeck at Displaced Persons camp in British zone. Who could help me to find some information considering his life in LUBECK? In Germany he COULD be known as: VLADAS MIZEIKIS or BRONIUS MOZURAS I am including photos:

Vladas Mizeikis
Vladas Mizeikis dated 1941-03-30, city Debeikiai, LITHUANIA
Vladas Mizeikis

taken in LUBECK, front and back of photo Looking forward for your reply, thank You, Gediminas Satkauskas

Looking forward for your reply, thank You, Gediminas Satkauskas

Ludendorf kasserne - populated primarily by Jews.

Lüdenscheid / Luedenscheid (British Z.) Poles

Ludwig-Dillingen, Lithuanian

"The Lithuanian encampment in Ludwig was part of the Dillingen UNRRA district, Team 308. Its camp money was designed by Lithuanian artist Antanas Rúkstelé, a well-known painter and ethnographer. He lived in camp until 1949 and since 1955 resided in USA. UNRRA officials were so pleased with his artwork that they used his basic design for the Polish DP money issued in Luitpold camp, also in the Dillingen district. Every person was given a prescribed number of points, and additional points are added for workers according to the tasks involved. Additional points were given to sick, old persons, students and nursing mothers. Money was exchanged at the PX for supplies. The Principal Welfare Oficer reported that it has been a stimulant for the DPs to seek some form of camp activity." From Displaced Persons Camp Money by Frank Passic and Steven A. Feller.

Ludwigsburg, (new Munchen)
I am looking for information on DP camps in Ludwigsburg. The only information I have is: D.P. Camp 62 Area Team 10, the name of the camp is PRIESTERWA??KASE (The ? means that there are two letters missing).

If you can find any information could you please e-mail me with it. Thank you for you help. Mark Smith.

Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949:
City archives:
Stadtarchiv Ludwigsburg
Kaiserstr. 14
71636 Ludwigsburg
Tel.: 49-7141-9102412
Fax: 49-7141-9102342
Web: http://www.ludwigsburg.de/servlets/LinkGate/SiteMap/Inhalte/Geschichte/Archive/Stadtarchiv/Stadtarchiv.de.html

County archives: Kreisarchiv Landkreis Ludwigsburg, Landratsamt
Hindenburgstr. 40
71638 Ludwigsburg
Tel.: 49-7141-144-2853
Fax: 49-7141-144-337

State archives Staatsarchiv Ludwigsburg
Arsenalplatz 3
71638 Ludwigsburg
Tel: 07141/18-6310 (Lesesaal-6337)
Fax: 07141/18-6311
E-Mail: Staatsarchiv@StAL.lad-bw.de

Ludwigsfeld, Bavaria Today
Olga, I'm looking for information on Feldafing, Bad Reichenhall, Korbach and Ludwigsfeld. Thanks. S.Bycko Lüneburg / Lueneburg, #2519, Land Niedersachsen (British Z.) See also letter O - Oxford Camp.

10/4/04 Dear Olga
Can you help me? I received information from Red Cross about my grandfather Stanislaw Krzepicki. I searched information about his fate during WW II. He was in Auschwitz, then Gross Rosen then Mitlebau Dora. I didn't know where else. And then I received information from Red Cross that Stanislaw Krzepicki figures in inmates file from camp in Luneburg (or maybe Lüneburg). Is it a DP camp? My best regards Kamil Krzepicki Poland

Lünen / Luenen (British Z.)

Luisenberg, 5 camps mixed: Balts, Lith. Poles.

Luitpold-Dillingen, Polish

Hi Olga
I was at the "Luitpond Displaced persons camp in Ludwigsburg". As a child and I am now writing my family history could you help me find or know the following information. The information I am looking for is: How many people were living in the camp?
If there were any diseases and if the camp had been quarantined?
How many deaths and marriages were in the camp?
Was there a camp doctor?
What was the camp previously used for?
What year did the camp close? Kind Regards, Theresa Roberts

"Luitpold encampment was part of the Dillingen district, Team 308. Internal currency was issued in 1946, using the design created by Lithuanian Antanas Rúkstelé. There is a penalty clause written in Polish which translates "Those who falsify the camp marks or those who use falsified currency will be punished." From Displaced Persons Camp Money by Frank Passsic and Steven A. Feller. Lyssenko near Hannover; Ukrainians I was born in "Lysenko Tabir*," My parents name was Filuk do you have that name on your list? FlkARGO

*Reply from Olga: Tabir or taboru are Ukrainian words for camp. My mother used to say that word and I didn't know what it meant until now.

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