Reckenfeld DP Camps in Germany

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Reckenfeld Displaced Persons Camp, Germany
Reckenfeld is a suburb of Greven. #3158, #31/158, N. Rhine-Westphalia; (British zone), Poles, Ukrainians
Contact: Stadtarchiv Greven (Town archives of Greven)
Rathausstr. 6
D-48268 Greven, Germany
Archives are in Greven:

After World War II, Greven and Reckenfeld housed up to 10,000 displaced persons in two DP camps from 1945-1949/50. Known as the 'largest village in the region of Muenster'. Muenster website:
My father, Aleksander Markus, and his mother, Janina Markus, both of Poland, were registered in Reckenfeld in 1945. If anyone has any information about this camp, please write Mark Norek

9/2/07 Hello Olga Kaczmar,
Many thanks for your website. I would like also to find outat whichfarmers my parents worked. They were in 129 DPACS Reckenfeld. Would you please be kind enough to explain to me what this? - I would also like to hear fromanyone who else was at this place. Hoping you can help me.
Regards,and many thanks, Anka Kowalczyk

Anka is sharing her photos with us. You can click on the photos to enlarge, and find yourself or your parents in these pictures. We welcome you to submit your archived photos to share.

Hallo again Olga,

Both my parents wereinLabour Camps - my mother was taken off the streets of Poland and put into cattle truck and taken to Germany. My father apparently since 1940 was in labour camp.

The Reckenfeldpageis absolutely super –My husband and I cannot wipe awayour tears–we are just overwhelmed with emotion.

My husband and I cantruly say that weare soul mates. His parentslost two childrenin Germany in 1948 -I have photo of his father at cemetary- I am not sure where they are taken could be main one you mention.

Hugs and Kisses from Anka Kowalczyk.

Reckenfeldt children 1a

Kindergarden childen in the Polish sector.

Reckenfeldt children 1b

Priest - Ks. Franciszek Kozonek

Reckenfeldt children 2a

My father (in the center)

Photo one: Kindergarden childen in the Polish sector.

Photo two:In this photois priest - Ks. Franciszek Kozonek - I think this is how his name is spelled. My mother told me heis my Godfather, because I nearly died whilein Ahlen hospital. I was baptized in a hurry at this hospital–apparently I had a tube attachedto megivingmyblood to savea German baby. My mother told me the story that she was very panic stricken and started screamingsoit was stopped. This she believes saved my life.

ALSO in this photo is my husband Tomasz Adamcewicz (fourth boy left side in back row) with hand in mouth and the third little boy on left back row is his brother Mieczyslaw Adamcewicz. I am the little girl shy girl with long hair(and hair roll on top of head) left side nearly in front row.

Reckenfeldt children 2b
Reckenfeldt children 2c
Reckenfeldt children 2d

Photo one: My parents, Zofia and Bronislaw) with me in the pram (stroller).
Photo two: This is me, Anka. My first steps.
Photo three:The picture of me as baby and Leo - I think his surname is Grezl. My mother told me many years ago that we were inseparable and wouldn't eat if we were not fed together from same spoon.

Reckenfeldt priest 1a

Reckenfeld altar in Polish sector.

Reckenfeldt priest  1b


Reckenfeldt priest 1c

Ks. Franciszek Kozonek is on the left.

Baby adam memorial 2

Baby Jerzy Adamcewicz

Baby Adam memorial stone


my grandfather (Josef ??) Plesnar

We believe this to be the first baby that died - I will have to write to Germany for more

Baby Jerzy Adamcewicz - GERMANY - Somewhere.jpg

Baby Jan Adamcewicz born in 1948- Somewhere in Ge. This little brother only lived for 2 days NEVER FORGOTTON - NEVER FORGIVEN
Always REMEMBERED when the word GERMANY is spoken. I am planning a HEALING JOURNEY to Germany - and hopefully these two little graves are in Cemetary that you wrote about - I will search it out further because at the present I do not remember the name you mention of this Cemetary - some kind person may even right and tell me that these still exis

On 8/26/09

I would like to post a picture of my grandfather (Josef ??) who was at the Reckenfeld camp sometime in 1945 along w/ my grandmother, Karolina Plesnar. Karolina was a cook at the camp. They are both of Polish decent. They were never married, but had a child named Kazimerz Joseph Plesnar, who is my father. He never knew his father as he was sent to a camp somewhere in Russia soon after my father was born. Kazimerz and Karolina came to the USA in 1951.

Here is the only photo I have of my grandfather. At this time his last name is unknown. I do believe it starts with an S. However, my (babjci) Karolina was reluctant to provide the information I need to research my ancestry. She has since passed.
Tammy Marie Lowell (Plesnar)

Sep 30, 2015 Hello Ms. Kaczmar,
On behalf of a friend, I am trying to locate information about the Reckenfeld displaced persons camp. My friend believes that her father was administrator of the camp for a time, and she had a brother and sister who died there.

Can you help me find information about the camp? Specifically, do records still exist for it? Was there a cemetery for the camp? If so, is it still possible to find/visit the cemetery? I look forward to hearing from you.
John W. Flora

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