Heilbronn Displaced Persons Camp

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Heilbronn Displaced Persons Camp, Germany

At Heilbronn, Germany the UNRRA moved refugees into a building hit just weeks earlier by aerial bombardment.


Photo: UNRRA & M. Wyman

City archive: Stadtarchiv
Eichgasse 1 (Deutschhof)
D-74072 Heilbronn
Tel: 0 71 31 - 56 22 90
Fax: 0 71 31 - 56 31 95

10/14/04 Dear Ms. Kaczmar,
I am a US-based producer for German television. We are working on a documentary about life in the post-war years in the American zone in southwestern Germany, in cities and towns such as Stuttgart, Ulm, Heidelberg, Heilbronn, Pforzheim, etc. I am in search of people who were Displaced Person in the region, and of American officers of the Occupation authorities and UNRRA representatives who were assigned to the area. I would be grateful if you could give me any leads. If I could get replys within 3-4 weeks, that would be great. Best wishes Konrad Ege

Heilbronner Bürgerstiftung in Gründung
c/o Stadt Heilbronn
Marktplatz 7, 74072 Heilbronn

Oberbürgermeister Helmut Himmelsbach
Telefon (07131) 56-20 00
Thomas Frahm
Telefon (07131) 56-28 04

Heilbronn camp. The first camps were usually primitive, and open-air cooking appeared frequently in the early weeks after the war. Photo: American Friends Service Comm. & M. Wyman

2/10/05 Dear Olga,
We lived in a small DP camp in Neckargartach, Heilbronn. I was born in another but have no idea where that is. I have no documentation of my birthplace but it's supposed to be HOHENFELS or HOHENFELD. We left Neckargartach in November 1956 for Canada. I was 10 yrs. old. I am now searching for my roots. I could not find anything on Neckargartach, so far. What a great site! What a huge job! Thank you, Sofia Spage

Note from Olga: See also Neckargatach listing on the N page. Sofia sent us some photos of the camp:




Above is the DP camp (where we lived until 1956) in Neckargartach, Heilbronn, taken around 1957/ 1958...it is now a children's playground.
The second photo is of the school I went to and when we children were feeling brave, we would take the shortcut by going up the hill behind our barrack's, and take the chance of meeting up with the farmer's German Shepherd dog, which patrolled the fields. I narrowly missed one incident with this dog, but one of the children was badly bitten another time...

All thanks have to go to you Olga, & Elle Andra-Warner in sending me to different site's in my search. Since then I have learned where I was born (Hohenfels, Bavaria). It has been a bitter/sweet search!

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