Winzer DP camp

 

Displaced Persons -

Winzer German DP camp

By Daria Bonomini bono@warwick.net

 

Winzer near Deggendorf, Ukrainians

    11/21/06
    I am researching Ukrainian DP Camp in Winzer, Germany. It was not large but this is where I spent the first two years of my life; where my parents met and were married. I am trying to put together a family history for our children and grandchildren. Winzer is located near Deggendorf where I was born. If you have any information, please advise: Daria bono@warwick.net

    I do know that it was a small camp with maybe 300 people living there. My parents have numerous photographs of weddings and group photos even the Police Dept., a choir, Christmas caroling, etc. We lived there from 1946-48 and then moved on to a huge building in Munich where we lived for a year prior to our leaving Germany for the USA. My dad tells me many stories but mom can no longer speak, she had a stroke 3 years ago. I need to put all this information on paper so that our future generations know who we were and we are. Thanks again for all your help.

     

    Update 6/30/2018:
    Yippee, I did it! I may have 3 more photos and that would be all that exists besides the personal ones of my mom and her 2 friends. All of the research that I have done for the past several years, I come up with nothing on Winzer DP camp, as if it did not exist. You have a section on Deggendorf which was primarily Jewish according to their records, possibly 1500 to 2000 people. Winzer is just a small town within the Deggendorf District and according to the book I read “The Refugee Experience” one line claims that there were 350+ Ukrainians living there, and I am assuming this camp may have been Ukrainians only.

    The pictures show that schools existed, church was alive and flourishing, police security, celebrations such as weddings, baptisms, theatrical events, traditions continued in this small Ukrainian community built in the Winzer DP Camp.

    The only thing that I remember my mom saying about living in the camp was that we were always hungry. She made up for that as my siblings and I grew up. I just can’t even imagine what these people lived thru, survived and carried on.

    Your site keeps all the information out there, true experiences and photos to prove it. There are not too many left of that generation and we are the next to go but at least the info is out there. My little 11 year old granddaughter read the book I wrote about my parents and their experiences due to their Ellis Island project. She was fascinated and at least it is in her mind and hopefully she will remember and pass it on. Thank you again.

    Daria (Maslihan) Bonomini email: bono@warwick.net

     


      My parent's wedding; - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - the kindergarten where my mom taught the children; and


      A group photo of the people living at the camp. Click to enlarge.

       


      Church group

      Photos depicting Winzer DP Camp in Deggendorf, Germany, with several hundred Ukrainians residing, pictures from 1946-1948.

      Researching the camp, according to what I read, this was to be a Jewish DP camp. Don’t know how many. My father and other records tell that there were approx. 350+ Ukrianians in the camp. Other Eastern Europeans were there as well since I have heard from Polish and Jewish people letting me know that their relatives were there. People in these camps were segregated by the nationality. They were more comforting for each group; felt more like home to them who had lost everything in their homeland, even their families.


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      Group photo at Winzer. Notice the priest is in the middle is Priest A. Szczerban.He shows up in most pictures especially wedding pictures. Photos I am sending you are from the Gregulak family, who reisided in Michigan and now in Missouri. This family and my family became very close friends until death.

       


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      Winzer Boys on Stage

      Winzer boys on stage in performance.

      Honoring Taras Schevchenko I can only imagine that this photo would be a program honoring Taras Shevchenko.
      Winzer children

      Five children with decorated Christmas tree in background

       

         

      Winzer Choir
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      The choir

       

       

      Winzer 7 Church group


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      Residents of Winzer -- my mom is the woman on the right, Stefania.

       

      Winzer Residents 2
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      Additional residents of Winzer -- my parents are on the right.

       

      winzer residents 3

      More residents of Winzer.

      Please email me if you recognize any persons in these photos.

      Winzer Relatives 4 Residents of the camp. My mom and dad are standing on the right.
      Winzer Baptism
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      Many baptisms were performed for the children that were born within these camps.

       

       

      Winzer girls
      Winzer 6 group

        These photos I received from the Australian family--wish I had his name.

      Winzer Bible Inscription

        Last photo of the bible inscription by priest to the family as a blessing for their future.
      Warner Kassern
      This post card photo shows the SS Warner Kaserne building in Munich, Germany. This building was originally constructed to be the headquarters of Hitler’s guard regiment but ended up as a replacement station for the artillery units on the Eastern front. This building was huge and very well protected from bombings. War ended and building was deserted; in 1945 it was taken over by UNESCO org. to be maintained as a temporary home for the DP;s. When Winzer was disbanded, this is where we were all sent to (in 1948) prior to leaving Germany to different parts of the world. My family left in 1949 for the United States.  

         

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