Obercassel (British zone)
Olga's note: Rita has reported that she has found her mother. Isn't that great!
Oerrel (Munsterlager in '47), #252, Land Niedersachsen (British zone), Poles
9/10/07 Hello Olga.
My name is Robin Archer and I am researching my wife’s grandmother, Olga Martinovkis. She taught English to the students at Camp Ohmstede in the late 40’s. Her husband, Otto, ran the kitchens there.
I am trying to reach other people who lived in this camp to see if I can link up old names. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Robin Archer, Brampton, Ontario email@example.com
Ohrbeck (British zone)
Oldenberg, #223, #224, about 5,000 residents, mostly Balts, Latvian, Lithuanian, Poles (British zone) (today: Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen). The Lithuanians published a newspaper called, 'Buitis'.
Publication in German about forced labour in Oldenburg, containing a chapter of Andreas Lembeck about DPs in Oldenburg and University of Oldenburg website
Maria Kubrek from Goldenstedt/Oldenberg appears on my father's birth certificate as a witness. If anyone has any information about this camp or this person, please write Mark Norek firstname.lastname@example.org
Sep 19, 2009 Hello,
I was tidying up some things in my house today and came across a wooden vanity case/jewelry box stamped LITHUANIAN DP CAMP UNTERMBERG (Oldenburg) 1946. It belonged to my grandfather (born in Latvia) and he had written on the bottom of both little drawers his name (Joseph Zastar) and the name of the man I presume either made the box or gave it to him - Rakausko Jono (also a number - 737). My grandfather came to Canada in 1929, so I know he was not at that camp, so he must have obtained the case at a later date, but I was just wondering if anyone by the name of Rakausko Jono (John Rakauskas?) might have been at that camp in 1946 .... might he have family looking for information about him?
Thank You, Wendy Zubis email@example.com
Orlyk in Berchtesgaden, Bavaria.
Insula DP camp is at the lower left, Orlyk is in right center part. Orlyk had 2,000 Ukrainians. Orlyk barracks were returned to German government. Sincerely, Ventis Plume / Anchorage, Alaska
My father, Zenon Melnyk, spent time in DP camp Orlyk after the war. I have a camp permit that was my father's similar to the one above. I have a couple of other Orlyk-related documents too.
My father was Ukrainian but born in Poland, in 1925, and while at Orlyk, I think, studied in Munich at a Ukrainian Technical Institute (if that is geographically possible). But he never finished, and emigrated to England, where he met my mother. Sadly he died in 1977, without ever having discussed his wartime experiences with me. As a result, I have several documents and photos about which I know very little, though I'm guessing two or three date to the period at Orlyk.
By the way, one of my father's two brothers was a political prisoner at Sachsenhausen. He survived, however, and migrated first to Belgium and then to the US, where he still lives (in Ohio).
I'm copying Olga Kaczmar, whose site I was delighted to find, in case she's interested in this tiny sliver of history.
Professor of Philosophy and Chair
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University of Missouri
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Osnabrück / Osnabrueck (Gut Klausheide in '47), #266, #267, over 8,600 residents,
Assembly Centre 269 was established in Osnabrueck, Niedersachsen, British Zone of Germany, in April 1945. (Source: Gislela Eckert, Hilfs- und Rehabilitierungsmänahmen der West-Alliierten des Zweiten Weltkrieges für Displaced Persons (DPs) dargestellt am Beispiel Niedersachsens 1945 - 1952, (Ph.D. thesis), Braunschweig 1995.) UNRRA Team 242 was there in November 1945. (Source: UN-Archives, PAG-4/184.108.40.206.0.1:13, file 497)
For regional historical information the town archives in the State Archives at Osnabrueck (Niedersüchsisches Staatsarchiv Osnabrück, Schlöstr. 29, D-49074 Osnabrueck, Germany
Tel: +49(541) 33162-0
Fax: +49(541) 33162-62
Today known for the Muenster-Osnabrueck International Airport on Greven's soil.
400 Jewish Yugoslav officers
University of Osnabrueck
May 4, 2015
My Father David Bucknall was in the British Army and posted to Osnabruck 1954-56. he remembers Poles & at least 1 elderly Ukrainian gentleman being there. They used to exchange their homemade bread for his British Army Cigarette ration
for which he was eternally grateful!
I don't have any photos from Germany but heres a picture of Dad (front, 2nd from left) back in the UK in 1956
UK Director #KresySiberia
Ossendorf, near Köln, 4000 Poles, http://www.ossendorf.de/, the archive might be in Köln,
Memories of forced worker, John Worsnop, made Commandant of Police in Ossendorf: http://polish-patriot.blogspot.com/2011/05/in-transit.html
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Osterode, #2922, Land Niedersachsen (British zone) Poles, Yugoslavs, Balts - see also Osterode under slave labor camps: Germany Slave Camps O-Q
Osterode am Harz often simply called Osterode, is a town in south-eastern Niedersachsen on the south-western edge of the Harz mountains. It is the seat of government of the district of Osterode. The town is twinned with Scarborough, in the United Kingdom. Osterode is located on the German Framework Road.
Osterode am Harz City
City of Osterode: http://www.osterode.de/index.htm
My mother, Judith Ilse Kovács-Zélenyansky and grandparents (Ilse Anna Emma Kovács-Zélenyansky and Andreas Kovács-Zélenyansky ) were housed in the DP camp at Osterode am Harz, as were two uncles and an aunt. Indeed, my uncle Peter Kovács-Z was born during their stay at this camp in 1948. I've include some pictures of the family from this time (click photo to enlarge):
I’ve written to the Osterode Stadsarchiv requesting more information and would like to find more about this fascinating aspect of my mother’s life. Even knowing the location of the camp would be interesting in the event that I ever find my way to Germany.
Jan Gertenbach firstname.lastname@example.org
From Mary Holmes' memories - blog on Osterode http://www.webwanderers.org/2006/03/control_commission_germany_oct.html
In 1945 in Osterode.Harz there were some camps of DPs from several nations. Therefore the Brit. office
- 131 G.I.S. - C.B.S.R.A. Commission was established
there in house: VILLA UHL.
This group belongs to: Admin.Sub. Area, GOSLAR (Harz) BOAR 11. - This office Osterode was cancelled 20th June, 1950.
Hint: German stamp collectors have written one booklet about all groups, camps with the Brit. FIELD
POST Address. Ask me. email@example.com
Oventrop (British zone)
Oxford (British zone) Dragahn-Dannenberg, Latvians
County archives: Kreisarchiv
Auf dem Michaeliskloster 4
Here is research in German about forced labour camps; and it says in the area Dragahn, Danneberg were forced labour camps. But the name "Oxford" was not mentioned. This is the link: http://www.zwangsarbeit-forschung.de/index.html
Dannenberg and Lueneburg are no adjacent towns. In Dannenberg also was a DP camp at least from June to September 1947 with the DPACS number 89 or 89/2510, possibly already before these dates. I have not found a name for this camp in the British national archives, so perhaps it was a second Oxford camp. IRO, International Refugees Organization, began to work only on July 1st, 1947. Until June 30, 1947 the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) took care for the DP camps. Kind regards, Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.
I have German and Latvian copies of my birth certificates issued as No: 41, (I don't know the significance of that number) D.P. Oxford Camp 26th April 1946. Can you assist please?
My mother remembers that we arrived in Germany in 1944. From there until we left Trieste, northern Italy on the good ship Dundalk Bay, there is a forgotten gap of just over five years.
I have contacted the Australian Archives in Canberra about our migration records and am waiting for a reply. I trust that with your assistance and whatever information the Australian Government gleaned from my mother and father as newly arrived Displaced Persons will help fill in those gaps.
I have witnessed the interest that three of my boys have shown in matters dealing with World War 11, so I am sure that they also would benefit from the information their father is seeking.
With kind regards Hans Simons / Australia