Bad Oeynhausen Civilian Work Camp

Sponsored by the Michigan Family History Network

Bad Oeynhausen, Krs. Minden North Rhine-Westphalia, - British Zone;
• had a Gerichtsgefaengnis Prison, 163 allied nationals were detained here;
• Zivilarbeiterlager (Civilian work camp) - on Stadion Mindener Strasse, had 250 persons, info from Buergermeister (mayor)

March 22, 1945
The US 3rd Army, lead by General George Patton, crosses the Rhine River at Oppenheim. [84.280] [277.296]
British bombers attack railway bridges at Bremen, Nienburg, and Bad Oeynhausen, Germany. [84.280]

Bad Oeynhausen is a spa town on the southern edge of the Wiehengebirge in the district of Minden-Lübbecke in the East-Westphalia-Lippe region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The closest larger towns are Bielefeld and Hanover. Wikipedia displaced persons camp is incomplete, send info if you know.

See Google images for images of Bad Oeynhausen in 1945

History of Bad Oeynhausen

Hello Olga, My dad, who died about 10 years ago, was suppose to have been running a DP camp while in the US Army. My brother tells me that the best he can figure out from the materials that he has from my dad was the camp was in "Bad Oeynhausen" in Germany. Any info contact: Andy Iserson Thanks.

Reply from Olga: As the war came to an end, the British soldiers came upon a terrible sight: 60,000 humans in Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen, most have hardly the strength to be pleased about the arrival of their rescuers. In the next months, 13,000 humans die of malnutrition, weakness and typhoid fever. 6000 inhabitants, displaced persons, former KZ prisoners and forced laborers were accommodated in barracks near the city, and an undestroyed health spa became the British headquarters.

Fri, 26 Sep 2003
Dear Mrs. Kaczmar
There was no DP camp in or near Bad Oeynhausen!!!
The information on your website is a VERY bad translation of an German newspaper article appearing in the "Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung". The original German text (URL is a review of a TV documentation about the end of World War II in Germany. One scene of this film illustrates that all 6000 (German) inhabitants of Bad Oeynhausen were evacuated and in housed baracks outside of the town while the spa was converted into the headquarter of the British forces in Germany. Another scene of the film shows a DP camp in Osnabrück. The "Konzentrationslager Bergen-Belsen" (concentration camp Bergen-Belsen) was situated in the so-called "Lüneburger Heide", a heathland south of Lüneburg. (Bergen is a village in that heathland, and NO mountain.) Yours sincerely, Vinzenz Lübben M.A. (Stadt Minden, Archiv)
Kommunalarchiv Minden
Tel: (0571) 97220-12
Fax: (0571) 97220-11

"In June 1945 we were posted to Bad Oeynhausen in Germany, this became the HQ of BAOR (British Army of the Rhine). While there the first parliamentary elections after the war were held and I was eligible to vote for the first time. A polling station had been set up at the hall in the park and on polling day we made our way to vote. At the entrance to the park someone had put up a very large placard saying ‘Vote Labour’, I cannot remember who the candidates were or who I voted for."

"She remembers going with Peter to the Bath House at Bad Oeynhausen to hear Yehudi Menuhin play the Mendelssohn violin concerto. He had been visiting a displaced persons camp. A popular drink was White Ladies which was gin based. The wartime gin was ghastly stuff. They drank champagne too. There were five in the office when she arrived. This soon rose to twenty-five. Most were civilian with military rank. They were not allowed to fraternise with the Germans."

This page is sponsored by the Michigan Family History NetworkDonate