El Shatt, on the Red Sea
I spend five years in a refugee camp in El Shatt, Egypt, east of Suez Canal on hot desert sand living in tents. There were 29,000 refugees mostly from Croatia (Yugoslavia).
After World War II in 1945, most of them returned to their homes. About 4,000 of refugees did not returned due to political reasons and continued to stay there until November 1948. Is there any history or information on a refugee camp El-Shatt, Egypt? I would like to write, so my children can have some information how I ended in this part of the world. If there is any information anywhere please let me know .
Thank You very much. Joe Talaich firstname.lastname@example.org
"We settled in a Displaced Persons' camp in El 'Arish, Egypt in 1945. I was eight years old. The huts were brick, white washed, and the sand was so beautiful. There was a school there as well.
We were here for three years, living in huge desert tents; there were four families living in our tent.
"From El 'Arish we were sent to another Displaced Persons' camp called El 'Shatt near the Suez Canal. We were here for three years, living in huge desert tents; there were four families living in our tent. The desert tents had seven linings to keep out the cold night air but because we did not have any money to buy clothes we would take one of the linings off and make shorts or a skirt. There was always someone with a sewing machine! The bamboo reeds that held the walls up, they were covered in a soft, sock like fabric. We would take the covering and pull it apart and use this to embroider, knit jumpers or crochet pillow covers, doilies or collars. http://www.migrationheritage.nsw.gov.au/exhibitions/belongings/people/williams/index.shtml
266 people that died as refugees in El Shatt,Egypt
Most of the population seeded refugee in the Sahara Desert in El Shatt, Egypt
http://www.nakovana.hr/uzorna%20nakovana/uzorna%20nakovana.htm (Croation language).
The Exodus of the Dalmatian Population to El-Shatt (Egypt) during WW II (1943-1946)
If there are any people who still remember anything about this issue (British internees, soldiers etc.) please contact Mr. SC Mateo Bratanic at: email@example.com
Photos available on his website: http://personal.unizd.hr/~bratanic/ExodustoEl-ShattEgypt.htm
Archives of Europe: http://www.uidaho.edu/special-collections/euro1.html