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Wolfenbüttel / Wolfenbuettel (British zone)

Wolfrathausen (US zone) See Foehrenwald; 5,000 Jews

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Wolfratshausen
    Loisach-Ufer 1
    82515 Wolfratshausen
    Tel: (08171) 76650
    Fax: (08171) 76650
Wolfsburg, #2517, Land Niedersachsen (British zone)

    City offices: Stadtverwaltung Wolfsburg
    Rathaus A
    Porschestrasse 49
    38440 Wolfsburg

    Tel: 05361/ 28-0
    Email: stadt@stadt.wolfsburg.de

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Rathaus,
    Hauptstr. 2
    67752 Wolfstein/Pfalz
    Tel. 49-6304-214

Wolterdingen, DPAC #251, Land Niedersachsen (British zone); for city archives at Soltau see page S under Soltau.

    Wolterdingen near Soltau now forms part of the town Soltau. From August 1945 to March 1946 a Polish camp existed in Wolterdingen with the DPAC number 251 which was administered by the UNRRA Team 85. From April 1046 to April 1947 the camp was administered by the UNRRA Team 259, in May and June 1947 by the UNRRA Area Team 904 or 501. From July 1947 to June 1950 it was a Baltic camp with the DPACS numbers 51/251 or simply 51 and under the administration of the IRO Area Team 501. Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.

Wulfen (British zone)

Wulwerstedt in Ladkreis Börde in Sachsen-Anhalt.

Mayor's office: Burgermeister, Am Berge 186
39387 Wulferstedt
Telefon: (039401) 436

Web pages in German: http://www.vgem-westlicheboerde.de/verzeichnis/objekt.php?mandat=41696

For map see: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wulferstedt

On 9/21/08 Dear Olga,

My name is Antoni Brzezinski. My parents were displaced  from Gdynia, Poland; by Germans in 1939. I was born in D.P. camp 2515 Wulwerstedt, Germany in 1943. While in Germany I was moved between various DP Camps, in 1945. I was registered in   249 D.P. Camp “PODLASIE” in Germany (according to info provided by ITS). Can anyone help me find info on Wulwerstedt?
Tony tbpsg@wowway.com

Wunstorf (Lower Saxony, British zone); See also Neustadt am Rübenberge

    City archives: Südstr. 1
    31515 Wunstorf
    Tel.: (05031) 101-326
    Fax: (05031) 101-360
Wuppertal, Poles, today
    Stadt Wuppertal - Bergische Universität

    City archives: Friedrich-Engels-Allee 89-91
    42285 Wuppertal
    Tel: (0202) 563-4138
    Fax: (0202) 8025

    oder bei den Mitarbeitern des Dezernates für Arbeits- und Umweltschutz der BUGH Wuppertal.
    Alternativ Telefon 439-3737.
    Gesamthochschule Wuppertal
    Gaussstrasse 20
    42119 Wuppertal

Würzburg / Wuerzburg, Latvian, Estonian, Ukrainian

    Katherine Hulme collection at the Beineke Library, Yale University: Box 43 folder 655 Würzburg & Wildflecken camp 1945-46.

    The Spessart Park is situated between Würzburg and Aschaffenburg

    Article: "Letter from Weurzburg." New Yorker 24 (6 November 1948) 104-09. Inquire at New Yorker Magazine.

    City archives / Stadtarchivs Würzburg
    Neubaustrasse 12
    97070 Würzburg
    Tel: (0931) 373308
    Fax: (0931) 373397
    Email: info@wuerzburg.de
    Web: http://www.wuerzburg.de/wue/kultur/stadtarchiv

    For fulfilling oral or written specialty searches, the fee is 26.00 Euros per half hour of required time. Für die Erteilung mündlicher oder schriftlicher Fachauskünfte beträgt die Gebühr 26,00 Euro je Halbstunde Zeitaufwand.

My book (Das Nationalsoialistische Lagersystem) mentions:

*CC Kdo of Flossenbuerg established April 1943 with 40 prisoners, on Fuechsleinstr. 15, SS-Teilazarett only for 2-3 months in 1945, Type of work: engineering, Part of them worked in the Waldhaus Steinbachstal. The camp was closed on Mar 22,1945.

*Gefaengnis Prison


I, with my family, lived at Weurzburg -- April, 1949 -June, 1949, please contact: Silvia Wolff


3/21/05 Dear Olga,

I was looking at your website and found it very interesting. Congratulations on maintaining such an important website!

I wanted to write to you to tell you briefly about my grandfather. He was Major Samuel S. Kale and he was the laison officer between the US Military and the United Nations (UNRRA and IRO) from 1946 - 1949 in Würzburg, Germany. He was in charge of several camps in the Unterfranken region. While he was stationed in Germany, my grandmother and mother and her siblings had to move there and live for three years. I grew up hearing stories of their adventures in post-war Germany and their experiences with the DPs who worked for my grandfather (he refused to hire Germans, he would only hire DPs to work as gardener, housekeeper, chauffeur, etc).

Every Christmas my mother tells me the stories of how he helped to arrange for gifts to be sent from the United States to Germany so that the DP children could have a Christmas. My mother would have to go to the military post office to pick up boxes and boxes and boxes of things my great-grandmother gathered from people here in New Jersey. Then, she had to wrap hundres of little items for the kids. She reminds me of this every time I ask her to wrap something for me!

My Grandfather also would never allow the Soviet officers to visit the camps without MPs escorting them because he did not want them intimidating the DPs into returning to the Soviet Union. In 1990 I wrote a research paper for college about his work with the DPs and eventually that expanded into a book about my family's time in Germany after the war. I would be more than happy to send you a copy of my research paper if you would like to read it. Also, if you think you might be interested in reading the book (although it's more about the American family and less about the DPs). You can read about the book here


Best regards, Mark Falzini



I saw a film Wurzburg was a city mass bombed....Alexandris Stipnieks left before the Soviet takeover being told he was on the to be killed list. I wrote about how he died.....you might want to post this link
because it is an ironic footnote.....


Esteban Stipnieks admin@ausaboxing.com

    Muller, Ulrich. DPs in the American Zone of Wurttemberg between 1945 and 1950. Geschichte in Wissenschaft und Unterricht 40 (1989): 145-61. (GERMAN)

    Dear Olga, I have found in a book the complete key of all camps in Wurttemberg; code, place, number of inhabitants and nationalities. (Also explaining the area around Lenningen). C. Maihoefer, / Germany, 2003

    Can you give me any information about this camp? I was adopted in 1945 and brought to USA. I found out my birth mother and five siblings lived in this camp until 1953. I am desperately trying to find them. My birth mother: Hildegard Gust; my sisters: Ingrid Gust, Gabriele Gust, Christa Gust , Angelika Gust and my brother: Martin Gust.
    Sincerely, Joe DeRaad,/ (Lutz Gust) email:


Wurzach in Baden-Wurttemberg, (French zone), see Bad Wurzach

Zehlendorf is a suburb of Berlin in the former US sector.

Zeilsheim 12 miles west of Frankfurt on Main, Jews, severly overcrowded;

Zeilsheim became famous for its camp created by the Allies to hold Displaced Persons and exiles after World War II, and in 1946 it was visited by Israeli prime minister David Ben Gurion and former American First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt. A small monument in the park behind the city hall is dedicated to the memory of this community.

"Zeilsheim maintained a Jewish theatrical group, a synagogue, a jazz orchestra, a sports club named "Chasmonai," and a number of schools, including an ORT school. The camp had a library with approximately 500 books, and circulated two Yiddish newspapers: Unterwegs (In Transit) and Undzer Mut (Our Courage). The Jewish population in the camp reached approximately 3,570 in October of 1946.

"Zeilsheim was the site of many protests against British policy on Jewish immigration to Palestine. Judah Nadich, General Eisenhower's first advisor on Jewish affairs in the European Theatre of Operations, frequently visited the camp in an effort to see that the basic requirements of DPs were being met. David Ben Gurion, then the chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency (and future Prime Minister of Israel), also visited the DP camp. His personal inspection of Zeilsheim was a pivotal event in the lives of Jewish DPs. The camp closed on November 15, 1948, after a piece de resistance during which the U.S. Army wanted to return the houses to workers from the IG Farben plant in nearby Hechst. Rabbi Bernstein believed that it would be cruel to inconvenience the DPs in order to accommodate Germans, especially since nearly all the camp residents were concentration camp survivors. He warned that the evacuation would only be accomplished through force. Thus, the army postponed the idea until July 1948, when it renewed its plan after the establishment of Israel. Conceding to the pleas of the camp committee, the army postponed the transfer date until November 15, 1948, but survivors still protested the move." for more, see: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/online/dp/map.htm

    United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Archives Record Group: PAG 4 Box 4: District 2: Wetzlar, Zeilsheim

    Kosher food in camp: http://www.tzemachdovid.org/vaadhatzala/kosher.shtml

7/30/07 Hi Olga,

    My family lived in the displaced persons camp in Zeilsheim for three years, where my grandfather was the photographer for the camp newspaper. I'm interested in visiting the locations in those photos. I realize there is almost no physical evidence remaining there, but I would still like to know the street locations of where things were.

    I am wondering if you know of any maps of the Zeilsheim camp. Any information you have would be appreciated.

    Olga, yes, we have copies of my grandfather's photographs. They are also accessible through the Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC, as well as in a book of his photo journal called Das Robinson Album, which was published via the Fritz Bauer Institut in 1998. I only have one copy of the book, but I can see if there are still more available... Paul Amitai

    Paul Amitai put together a movie: http://paulamitai.com/#In-Between-States



    5/23/08 Dear Olga

    Both my parents were in Germany during the war years. I was born in Zeven Germany in 1949. My sister Anna was born in Bad Rottenfeld (?) iin 1947.  We arrived in Australia mid 1949 on the Anna Salen which I think departed from Bremerhaven.

    My father arrived in Australia  in 1948 on the Protea.  

    I know my father was born in Tershiw, Stary Sambir either 1922 or 1923 in Ukraine His name was Wasyl Towarnicki.

    My mother was born in Dwernik Ukraine in 1925 her maiden name being Paraska Gluck.

    They spent the war years in Germany as Ostarbieters and met and married after the war was over.

    I am hoping you may be able point me in the right direction/sites to obtain any information.  Both my parents are now dead and I am seeking any other family that may be left in Ukraine.

    Thank you.

    Marie Solyk, Australia. Email marie.solyk@bigpond.com

Ziegenhain, Jews

    As I am preparing an exhibition about DP camp 95-443 Ziegenhain, Hesse, Kassel area, I am looking for photographs, information and documents about this topic.

    Contact: Mrs. Waltraud Burger
    Gedenkstütte und Museum Trutzhain c/o Magistrat der Stadt Schwalmstadt
    Marktplatz 1
    34613 Schwalmstadt
    Email: WaltraudBurger@gmx.de

Zierenberg (US zone); Russian boy scout troops

Zopp - Siedlung Zopp in Alsdorf - see British Zone - 1000 persons,


I m particularly interested in finding: Assembly Center N 571 in Germany, and DP Camp 527
Desired destination: Canada
Assembly Center N. 571
Thank you for any help you may provide.
Best regards, Slauw Terteka



A few of my wife's relatives were repatriated to Poland and one eventually came here to the USA. This picture of one of these relatives wearing a black uniform (origin unknown), standing in front of a sign that reads "UNRRA, Displaced Persons Hospital, Team 911" with a US Army 6x6 in the background. It appears as though he's performing the role of a constable or possibly security (Note the 'billy-club' strung from the right hand) for the Hospital that's obviously somewhere in the background.
Were was the hospital's location, UNNRA 911?

We believe his birth village was in what is now Lithuania (or right on the present border of Poland). He gave it on his Social Security application as Juracinski. I believe he was possibly inducted into the German army (he mentioned driving trucks). Another relative said he went to Germany as a laborer. He wound up in France and there the story gets less defined. He used to speak of the Underground, and I've seen pictures of him armed (Looked like a US Thompson Sub-Machine Gun) and in what looks to be military fatigues. I do know that he wound up in England after the war and worked there as a gardener for a while before coming to the US. Thanks a bunch. Ken Coughlin


Reply from Olga: Land North Rhine/Westphalia - UNRRA Area 911 (British Zone) covered:
A/c #
32/115 Lippstadt
33/150 Augustdof
33/132 Blomberg
32/137 Lahde
32/145 Paderborn
32/133 Rheda
32/134 Warburg
32/163 Bielefeld
In 1947 total population of 18,311 included: mostly Poles and Ukraininas; some Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Yugoslaves, only 298 Jews, and others.

Correction below:
Dear Olga, You mixed UNRRA Team 911 with UNRRA Area 911, so that your answer is misguiding. UNRRA Team 911 seems to have been in the US-Zone, while UNRRA Area 911 was in Northern Westphalia, British Zone. Stefan Schroeder

More clarification: Shortly before UNRRA was dissolved at the end of June 1947, UNRRA reorganized its UNRRA Assembly Centre Teams into UNRRA Area Teams, actually beetween April 17 and 24, 1947.

The newly created UNRRA Area Team 911 was located in Minden/Westfalen and had absorbed the former A/C teams 6 (Paderborn), 65 (Lahde) and 800 (Augustdorf).

On July 1st, 1947, IRO took over the work from UNRRA. The IRO Area Team 911 then was responsible for the three mentioned camps Paderborn, Lahde and Augustdorf and additionally Bielefeld, Blomberg, Dössel near Warburg and Rheda. For Lippstadt I have no source, but I think it is possible that Lippstadt also was administered by IRO Area team 911.

I would exclude that UNRRA used the same Team number 911 at the same time as in the British Zone also in the US-Zone. Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.


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