Waderslohknoche (British zone)
Wadersloh is a municipality in the district of Warendorf, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 10 km north-west of Lippstadt and 30 km east of Hamm.
Waiern, a small and beautiful village in Carinthia, See Feldkirchen -
There is also A Waiern in Austria; Ukrainians
Warner - Kaserne, IRO Area 7, Munich,
Olga Kaczmar received a large package of pictures of Warner-Kaserne
and its inhabitants, posted them on a Warner-Kaserne
Zone) near Salzgitterer, West Germany,
My parents both immigrated to the US from a DP camp in Wattenstedt, Germany in the late 1940's. Thanks a lot for the help. Michael BabyczWatenstedt-Salzgitter
I'm overwhelmed by this incredible site of yours. I don't know
why but recently I've developed a penchant to find out more
about my history. And it seems that each passing day it's becoming
My mother, for survival purposes, she stated her nationality
as Polish. During her stay in a dp camp (I have a document
stamped Watenstedt-Salzgitter January
1950, this may have been an embarkation point) in 1945, she met
a man she called Jozef Krawczyk (aged approx 40). After
a short courtship, she fell pregnant with me. This man appeared
to be a bit of a lad and soon after decided to head back to Poland
from whence he came. My mother spent the latter part of her pregnancy
being cared for by Jozef's son who was 17 or 18 at the time and
carried the same name as his father. When I was born, Jozef junior
also headed back to Poland to inform his father he had another
son. Some six weeks later, mum met a Russian man, called Wasyl
Semenikow, whom she married. In May 1950 we migrated to Australia.
At this point, I would dearly love to find that older brother and
any other relatives in Poland. I would be grateful for anything
you may be able to do for me or at least point me to someone
who can. Yours Greatfully, Eugene
Wedel is a town in the
district of Pinneberg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.
It is situated on the
right bank of the Elbe, approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) south
of Elmshorn, and 17 kilometres (11 miles) west of Hamburg. Second World War
almost put the small city into ashes and debris. 70 % of the living
spaces in Wedel were turned into rubble.
The city built large barrack settlements in a hurry. The
housing shortage reached its high point when after WW II refugees came in
masses from the east to Wedel. A census in 1947 shows that Wedel had 7,902
native inhabitants and more than 6,500 evacuated and refugees. Each person
was allowed 4.9m² (52
square feet) of living space
a wonderful site! I am a Latvian, Edgar Zarins jr, who lives in
Westland, Mi. I discovered your site
while searching for DP camp information in Diepholz,
am the official representative in North America for www.dpalbums.lv
There is Linz in Germany and Linz in Austria. Linz am Rhein (in English Linz on the Rhine) is a municipality in the district of Neuwied, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the river Rhine near Remagen, approx. 25 km southeast of Bonn. Linz is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Linz am Rhein. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linz_am_Rhein
Situated near Linz, the Wegscheid camp issued money in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 20. All notes depict the Star of David. From Displaced Persons Camp Money by Frank Passsic and Steven A. Feller.
May 16, 2016, Dear Olga,
I would be very happy if you would share these photos from DP Camp Wegscheid Barracks 44 and 46 on your DP Camps website. My grandfather (Motl Rajsman) is the tall man on the left in the first one and he is on the right in the second one. I hope someone will recognize the other men in the photos. I would love to know more. Thank you. Sincerely,
Suzanne Reisman email@example.com
My grandfather (Motl Rajsman) is the tall man on the left
Motl Rajsman is the tall man on the right
Wehnen has its own
I think my parents resided at a DP Camp in Wehnen but I do not see any information for that location on your web-site. They were immigrants from Lithuania.
There's a big hospital in Wehnen, search on the web: Landeskrankenhaus Wehnen
I don't know which is the newer address: City archives: Schulgasse 3a
92637 Weiden / Oberpfalz
I am a Latvian DP that remembers being in Weiden and Schwbisch-Gmund. Thank You Andy Kruklitis
3/31/05 I stumbled upon your site and was unable to find the DP camp I was born in. The village is Weiden, Bavaria. Can you give me some information on how to find out about this camp, please? Vera Akers
2/15/2007 Mrs. Kaczmar,
According to a UNRRA document I have on Konstanty Proniewicz, my father lived
here from 1944 to late 1946 at Camp Hammerweg. He had been under the care
of a Mrs. Proniewicz [first name was not given], with whom he had been
evacuated from Iwacewicze, Poland [probably now Ivatsevichy, Belarus],
along with her two children, whose names I do not have. Any
information on this location, including on Polish or Belarussian
refugees that were sent there from the region around Ivatsevichy,
would be greatly appreciated. Max Monclair, Omaha, NE http://maxmonclair.blogspot.com
Weissenburg (I'm not sure this was a DP camp but it was a labor camp.)
Weissenburg has a beautiful quaint, old town section you'll want to visit if you have a connection with this town.
I don't know if you would like
to add this list to your extensive list of forced labor camps, but I have
recently received this list of VDM* camps that were operating in Werdohl
(Eveking) after making an inquiry about my mother.
*VDM stands for Vereinnigte Deutsche Metallwerke
This list is courtesy of Gabriele
Kreisarchiv und Landeskundliche Bibliothek
eMail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
City archives: Stadtarchiv Werther
Westfalen is a region
Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen (Archives of Evangelist Protestant Church of Westfalen)
Altstädter Kirchplatz 5
(Post office box) Postfach 10 10 51
12/9/04 Dear Olga,
Can you advice me where to find records about my parents? They stayed in American Army refugee camps after sec. world war. I know for sure they were in Wetzlar (near Frankfurt am main) on Sept / Oct 1948. I'm looking for their marriage certificate or any other document about them like a copy of their passports or their identity cards. They came after the Holocaust to Germany from Poland and Russia. Their names are: Avram Ledershtein & Mania Ledershtein (Finkelshtein). Anaish
14, May 2009, Dear Olga,
We have contact few years ago about Maczkow dps polish
city in Germany.
I have also pictures about UNRRA team in Wetzlar in Germany if it can
help someone who search’s info’s about it. I make already a
blog about polish troops and the great father, and I’ll
make one In a few days or week about UNRRA teams. http://zygmunt-sawicki.blog4ever.com/blog/index-135626.html
Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.
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. His friend says in was with him in Wiesbaden dp camp and the he played national league basketball there. My father was taken to Germany and he did forced labour for the Luftwaffe. Do you know if they would have records of forced labourers? I would appreciate any help that you could give me. Thanks Birute Davies
12/28/04 Dear Olga,
Great site. I'm looking for a missing person, Vanda-Ofelija Saukaite (maiden name), Lithuanian. Last seen in Wiesbaden DP Camp in 1949. Any help
would be greatly appreaciated. Thank You. My E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Wietersheim (British zone)
My sister Rozalia who was born in Wildenhagen, Germany and my brother Edward Lukaszewski was born at Greta Camp, NSW, Australia. My mother was Stefania Polowa and she was born in Demenka, Lwow.
In 1942, she had moved from ..."Wildenhagen to Dahlke - Post Gildsoff Komin Pome".
I have no idea what or where this is. Many thanks Janina
Wildenhagen near Reppen was German until 1945. Now it is in Poland. I do not know the Polish name of former Wildenhagen. Reppen is now Rzepin (in Poland). This place is 20 km east of the German border town Frankfurt an der Oder or the Polish border town Slubice. Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.
the clerk of the Stadtarchiv of Wilhelmshaven, has just published a book
about the camps for foreign and forced workers in Wilhelmshaven. I think,
he should know well, what is to find in his own archive about this time. I
don't believe, that there exists any witness any more.
Räcker-Wellnitz, Ulrich -------- ISBN : 978-3-941929-00-5 Das Lager ist wichtiger als der Lohn, Arbeiterunterkünfte
in Wilhelmshaven 1933 bis 1945
Wilhelmshavener Beiträge zur Stadt- und Kulturgeschichte,
News quote from: Der Bundeswehr Laden, Wilhelmshavener
Zeitung online10/20/2011 article by Norbert Czyz.
One of the few relics of the workers' camp at
(now the oil jetty) is currently being demolished. At the same
location will produce three detached houses.
Over 70 years ago the Navy was at the Sudetenstrasse to
build today's oil jetty, accommodation for 3,000 workers. One
of the last few blocks from this period is currently being demolished.
Wilhelmshaven - At the Wilmastrasse in Heppens between Mühlenweg
and oil jetty is, since a few weeks rubble piled high.
For some time a company from Schortens is the second last block
of the former workers at the camp Sudetenstrasse (now the
oil jetty) cancel.
It's the end of the fourth of five former U-shaped built residential
blocks in which before and during the second World War II harbor
workers were housed - but also "more than 500 Sudeten German
refugees", as described by the city archivist Ulrich Räcker-Wellnitz,
Councillor Dr Jens Graul in her book "The camp is more important
than the wage" of workers' accommodation in Wilhelmshaven
1933 to 1945.
Räcker-Wellnitz and Graul also cite sources indicating that
the Sudetenstrasse during the war, "Italian fellow
workers" lived and that the camp was celebrated Christmas
1941 with the participation of Dutch, Belgian and Flemish.
Dieter has the Wilhelmshaven Pünjer from the nearby road
going from Rudolf heimatgeschichtlichem interest the demolition
work. He knows that in the now-demolished building, which must
have belonged to Block 4, after the war was the first printing
Baron, then a music and gymnastics school and later the company
Has acquired the remaining block of this camp Leer Anteus Jibs.
Also still stood two other building sites, including two for
In October 1945, UNRRA took over camp Wildflecken. Within the camp five buildings were furnished as hospitals to fight disease. 15000 camp inhabitants were supplied with food. Medical care was secured by a unit of the former German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht). The unit had been captured by US Forces in 1945. 12 doctors and 50 nurses did their best to bring diseases like tuberculosis, heart conditions and deficiency disease under control. See more on: http://www.dp-camp-wildflecken.de/unra-english.htm
Wildflecken is a town in the forrest region Rhoen. Camp Wildflecken had been
a former Nazi camp and was turned into a camp for displaced persons later on.
I am trying to find out more about my grandfather who served as an American
soldier in the Wildflecken camp in 1945-46, that's why I came across your message.
Greetings from Germany, Bettina Meister
Kia ora Olga from New Zealand,
I have recently learned of my father's background. I never knew of him or of
his mother and father. It was a family secret of my father's side, well kept
by my mother. I am searching for information on them. Aleksandrs (Alexander)
HEMPELIS (my grandfather) born in 1910 in Riga, Latvia; died 1964 in Perth Australia.
His father's name was Karlis HEMPELIS and mother's name, Olga Marie KLAIPIS.
Both born in Latvia. Olga HEMPELIS nee KLAVINS married Aleksandrs in 1941 Riga,
Latvia. Aleksandrs and Olga had my father, Imants Janis HEMPELIS, born at Eichstatt
Germany in 1946 and a daughter, Silvija Hempelis, born at Ulm Germany 1948.
of them were at camp WILDFLECKEN until 1950 when they were sent to Australia
aboard General Hersey from port Bremerhaven arriving Fremantle Australia. Also
travelling with them was Olga's new partner Eduard STURIS.
information where to look to find out who we were is again most appreciative.
Please contact me at my email address: XCLUSIVEbyDAARHN@hotmail.com Sincerely, Daarhn
Hempelis / New Zealand.
1/5/06 Hi Olga,
Browsing through your treasured pages I came across some pieces and pix
about Wildflecken. I never visited the camp but have some connection with
it. About March-April 1945, my brother's wife (Dr Katalin Dettre, nee
Szarvas and her parents (Dr Andras Szarvas and Dr Ilonka Szarvas, all three
of them medical doctors), drifted towards the west ahead of the approaching
Soviet troops and ended up in Bavaria. Soon they fell into American hands
(let there be no worse hands in the world ever...) and were taken to
Wildflecken camp, engaged as doctors. My brother (Dr Gabor Dettre, also a
medical director...) wasn't with them as he was a MO with a Hungarian army
unit near the Balaton Lake. Now...Towards the end of 1945 or early 1946, my
sister-in-law gave birth to a little girl at Wildflecken: she was named
Klara (Hungarian for Claire). Her Godmother was a high ranking UNRRA
officer, Kathryn Hulme. Later Ms Hulme returned to California and wrote a
few books: one was called Wild Places (about Wildflecken), another The
Nun's Story. I met Ms Hulme mid-1948 in Wurzburg, hoping that she could
help me to the USA but the as the Hungarian quota was so very bad, I would
have had to wait some years...I have no idea what happened to Ms Hulme
later. My brother, his wife, her parents and even Klara Dettre have all
died since. Now I am writing this to you in case any of your many readers
met the Szarvas doctors or my former sister-in-law in that camp at
Wildflecken. Regards Andrew email email@example.com
Berlin-Wittenau is a suburb of Berlin and was situated in the French sector of
Berlin. Wolfgang Strobel,
author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail
Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949