Salzburg DP Camp, Austria

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Salzburg DP Camp in Austria, 1945-
Salzburg; DP Hosp. (U.S. zone) - In the town of Salzburg were five DP camps: Riedenburg (Machne Yehuda) on the "Neutorstrasse, Ecke Moosstrasse."

Camp Herzl (Franz-Josefs-Kaserne*) between Schrannengasse and Paris-London-Strasse.

Camp Mülln 6 DP in Müllner Hauptstrasse 38.

Beth (Beit) Bialik in the part of Salzburg, called Maxglan. See photos

Beth Trumpeldor in the part of Salzburg, called Gnigl, and

New Palestine (called later Parsch) in the Wiesbauerstrasse 9 in Salzburg-Parsch (Parsch is also the part of Salzburg)

Other DP camps in the country (province) of Salzburg, outside the city of Salzburg were called: Puch bei Hallein and
Lager** GIVAT AVODA (in the Wallnerkaserne) opened in summer 1946 in the small vollage called "Saalfelden" am Steinernen Meer.

*Kaserne means barracks; **Lager means camp

Salzburger Landesarchiv
Michael-Packer-Str. 40, 5010 Salzburg
Tel.: 0662/8042-4521 oder -4527
Fax: 0662/8042-4661
Postanschrift: Postfach 527,
5010 Salzburg,

City Archive: Archiv der Stadt Salzburg mit Archiv des Salzburger Museums Carolino-Augusteum, Schloss,
Museumsplatz 6,
5010 Salzburg

Erzbistum Salzburg, Konsistorialarchiv,
Kapitelplatz 2,
5010 Salzburg

Erzabtei St. Peter, Archiv, St. Peter,
Postfach 113,
5010 Salzburg

Universität Salzburg, Universitätsarchiv,
Residenzplatz 1,
Postfach 505,
5010 Salzburg

UNRRA/IRO Homes for Children
Salzburg photos,
Photos outside of Salzburg

These Salzburg photos were contributed by Klaus Fohringer, Austria:

Hotel Europa 1949

Entrance Hotel Europa 1949

Former Grand Hotel de l'Europe, 1932

Hotel Europa 1999

Alpenstrasse Barracks 1957

Alpenstrasse in winter

AlpenstrasseBarracks 1957

Alpenstrasse Baby Bed

Alpenstrasse 1950er Wohnungselend

Baby Carriage

Alpenstrasse 1957, Wohnung

Salzburg Kurhaus

FL Salzburg Kurhaus bombed ruins

Rositten kassern 1953

Rosittenkaserne 1953


Salzburg Laschenskyhof'

hotel Europe 1949

The rubble at Hotel Europa in 1949



Photo Sources: Austrian Picture Archives, municipal files, Austrian database ( (, St. Gem  

FL Salzburg Kurhaus bombed ruins

Important history: 3,500 Ukrainians (2,000 Poles) protested with 5 days of hungar strikes, silent mourning, religious services and hymns prepared for martydom because 130 had been evicted from the camp for refusal to go before pro-Soviet screening commission to give info which may have endangered their loved ones back home. Screenings were cancelled (Wyman, p.59).,

Some Ukrainian documentation at Shevchenko Scientific Society Library
Jews were in Salzburg camp also.

Hi Olga,
I found your website about DP Camps in Austria and read it with great interest. I lived in Rositten Kasserne in Salzburg for five years, ending in August, 1951, when my family emigrated to the U.S. I was six years old at that time. I returned to Salzburg and found Rositten Str., and asked about a refugee camp in the area in the late 1940's and was told that there was indeed a camp at this site. It is now a very stylish townhouse complex.

I have memories of going to kindergarten in the camp and attending first grade at Reis Schule in Salzburg. Also, I recognize the names of Steiermark and Parsch, as my family told me that we also lived there at one time. If you have any info about Rositten Kaserne, I'd like to know. Thank You, Irmgard Kauk Spencer

Olyu....My mother, Salomea Drozdowska was in a displaced persons camp in Salzburg. She was from Ukraine...Lviv to be exact. Can you guide me on how I might find any information about my mother, who is now 94 years old and can't remember anything? I would truly be grateful for any advice you can give. I will be in Salzburg in November and would like to get whatever information I can then. Best regards.... Andriy J. Semotiuk, semotiuk@

Hello Olga,
I am attaching scans of two watercolour sketches done in 1946 at Lager Parsch. These were brought to UK post-war by my late Austrian Mother-in-Law. As you can see the artist was quite accomplished. If you could point me towards any information regarding the artist or the time I would be most grateful, maybe one of your contacts would recognise them. One of the sketches shows what appears to be a memorial with Hohensalzburg in the background. The other shows an insect band which I find familiar - probably from my childhood.

Best Regards, David Harri, email:

Dear Olga, we are in desperate search for a woman that passed away several years ago in Alabama and took her past to the grave with her. She came to the States with someone else's papers and she told her daughter that she came from Schweitnitz Schlesien and her father and mother's name were Robert and Katharine Koch. We have searched and can't find nothing. We know that she must have lived in Salzburg, Austria in 1946-47 at one time and been to a camp as we have a photo of her standing what it looks like a camp house with her soon-to-be husband (American soldier) and an older couple. I am enclosing the picture to see if anyone can recognize it. I hope you can help us. Her children are searching desperately for her past. Hope to hear from you.
Thank you, Karin Hack Thrasher

4/5/11 wrote:
Bonjour Madame
J'ai découvert à la mort de papa, des lettres d'un monsieur GRESNOW Alex
il vivait avec sa famille au camp numéro 7 à Salzburg (juin 1949)
 je pense que le petit enfant sur la photo de Saalfeden est son fils :j'ai une photo ou la ressemblance est frappante. Mon papa Ivan Kononow était Ukrainien il a était fait prisonnier à Dnipropetrovk en mai 1942 il avait 16 ans A la libération des camps ( il ne nous a jamais dit ou il était détenu ) il s'est engagé dans la légion étrangère à Innsbruck sous le nom de komonoff Valentin d'origine Polonaise J'ai des documents que j'aimerai partager , j'aimerai beaucoup retrouver des gens qui l'on connu ,ainsi que alex GRESNOW et Alex KAGASECHEK qui l'a suivit à la légion je vous remercie pour tout ce travail que vous faites ;vous donnez envie de retrouver ses origines

Computer Translation to English:
Hello Madam J' discovered with death of dad, letters of a Mr GRESNOW Alex he lived with his family with the camp number 7 in Salzburg (June 1949)  I think that the small child on the photograph of Saalfeden is his son: j' have a photograph and the resemblance is striking. My dad Ivan Kononow was Ukrainian he was made prisoner with Dnipropetrovk in May 1942 when he was 16 years old. With the release of the camps (it us forever known as or it was held) he was engaged in the foreign legion with Innsbruck under the name of Komonoff Valentine of origin Polonaise J' have documents that j' will like to divide, j' will like much to find people who l' one known, like Alex GRESNOW and Alex KAGASECHEK who l' has followed to the legion I thank you for all this work which you made; you give desire for finding its origins


RE: Archpriest Vitaly Sahaydakivsky,
My grandmother was a Polish DP of Ruthenian ethnicity who met her husband in a Salzburg DP camp. They were married in 1947 in an Orthodox Christian wedding conducted by Archpriest Vitaly Sahaydakivsky, who was later an important figure in the Ukrainian Church in America. I am trying to track down their marriage certificate, if you have any ideas about how to do this I would be very grateful! All my very best,

Follow up: 8/11/2017
Thank you for your kind reply. I wrote to the Landesarchiv a few days ago, and they told me to write to the Salzburg Standesamt (civil registry), who then told me that if it was an Orthodox wedding, I should write to either the Romanian or the Russian church in Salzburg. So I found an email address for the Russian church and have written to them, although I'm not certain whether Fr. Vitaly Sahaydakivsky would have been within the ROCOR jurisdiction in 1947 -- he later helped found a Ukrainian church in America which I think was independent of the official UOC (

This is the email address I used:
Full address:
STADT:SALZBURG Magistrat, Einwohner- und Standesamt
Mirabellplatz 4
Postfach 83
5024 Salzburg
Tel: +43 662 8072 3513
Fax: +43 662 8072 2060
Alexis A

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