Researching Displaced Persons after WW II-

Addresses to help you search by country, A-M



See Argentian page 1 on this site.

    Immigration office:
    The web site of Direcciën Nacional de Migraciones de Argentina is

    Buenos Aires office's address is:
    Av. Antärtida Argentina 1355, Retiro,
    Buenos Aires, Argentina


See Australia page 1 and page 2 on this site.

National Archives of Australia


See Austrian pages on this site. Austria A-C , Austria D-G, Austria H , Austria I-K , Austria L-N , Austria P-R , Austria S, Austria T-Z, Austria7,

    The Austrian State Archives has a listing of basic service sheets, enlistment registers, parish registers and war casualties among many other things.

      Nottendorfergasse 2-4
      A-1030 Wien
      Fax number: 43-1-795 40-109

      See German vocabulary to help you write

    "The Austrian War Archive has no military personnel records for individulas that served in Austrian military from ca. 1867-1914 if the soldier's unit was headquartered in places outside of the boundary of contemporary Austria. For Galicia, Poland doesn't have the records and Ukraine doesn't have the records either. The LDS has the records for soldiers which served prior to ca. 1867....they were microfilmed in Vienna. " Lavrentiy Krupniak

    RE: Galicia, Zakarpatska, Transcarpathia regions:

      2/6/05 The Galician cadastral records are in the Central State Historical Archives of Ukraine, L'viv Branch. Some regional archives in Poland, such as Przemysl, Rzeszow, Sanok, Krakow, Nowy Scaz, etc, also have Austrian cadastral records.

      Kiev only has the records from the Russian Empire areas. Galicia was never in the Russian Empire. Kiev would have records for Volyn, Podolia, etc.

      The Zakarpatska oblast archive has cadastral records for places in Transcarpathia Ukraine.

      The Central State Archives of Ukraine/Kyiv (Kiev) Branch has no records for areas where Carpatho-Rusyns resided.

      L'viv archives has cadastral records for all places that were in Austria's Galicia, which now includes places in southeastern Poland and L'viv oblast.

      To obtain cadastral records from L'viv one has to:

    1. write to them,
    2. hire a researcher there, or
    3. personally visit the archive.

Lavrentiy Krupniak / USA


    The Archives of the Republic of Belarus contain extensive information on the historical, genealogical, spiritual and material life of the Belarusian people. The archival network, which was created to preserve the records, is headed by the Committee for Archives and Records Management under the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus (Belkomarkhiv). The Belarusian archival network includes 6 central archives, 6 regional archives, 16 zonal archives and 3 archives of public organizations.
    Tel: +375-17 264-76-71, Fax: +375-17 260-24-45

    Nazi occupation of Belarus:
    Click En for English

    history of Belarus:



    National Library of Chile

    LDS (Latter Day Saints) Library:

    Archivo Nacional de Chile
    Miraflores #50 Clasificador
    1400 Correo Central de Chile Santiago,
    Chile Tel: (56-2) 632-5735


Croatian State Archives
21 Marulic Square, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia
Tel. +385 01/48-01-999 Fax +385 01/48-29-000
Croatian State Archive
2 Mazuranic Square
10000 Zagreb

    State Archives in Rijeka
    Address: Drz?vni arhiv u Rijeci, Park Nikole Hosta 2, Rijeka, Croatia
    Tel/Fax: ++385 51 33 64 45, 33 64 47, 32 71 18 (director)

Czech Republic


    Národní archiv, Archivní 4/2257, 149 00 Praha 4 - Chodovec, wwebsite

In Slovakia the National archive is

    Lots of Czech links:

    BOOKS: "A Handbook of Czechoslovak Genealogical Research", by Daniel M. Schlyter. (GenUn, 1985, 1990). 131 pages. ($15). ISBN 0-912811-06-4. {Excellent in-depth guide to research, detailing record types, archival addresses, microfilms available, translation helps, etc.}. OUT OF PRINT. A revised version, entitled "A Handbook of Czech and Slovak Genealogical Research" is planned.


    Eastern Slovakia Genealogy Research Strategies


    Center for Kvinde- og Konsforskning, KUA, Institut for Nordisk Filologi, Njalsgade 80, 2300 Kbh. S.

    Fax: 35 32 83 77. E-mail: Also e-mail:

    Dansk State archive:

    Kobenhavns University On-line library catalog

    Bibliotek search engine:

    Danish Centre for International Studies and Human Rights Library

England - see Searching the British Zone


National Archives
Paris, France

    Lots of France links:


    Internationaler Suchdienst
    Grosse Allee 5-9
    34454 Arolsen

    Tel: +49 (0)5691 629-321
    Email: historical-research[at]

    In English:

Germany Agrees to Open Holocaust Archive (2006)

The largest archives in the world, it holds up to 50 million documents, some seized by the Allies as they liberated concentration camps. Since 1998, about half of the documents have been copied in digital form. About 20 percent of the documents were copied on microfilm before 1998.

The files are controlled by the International Tracing Service, which operates as an arm of the International Committee of the Red Cross. It is run by a commission representing the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Greece, Israel, Poland and Luxembourg.

Who may file an inquiry and how?

After the end of World War II, the main task of the International Tracing Service (ITS) was to search for non-German persons who had become missing or displaced during the war and to assist separated families in being reunited. Tracing work only represents a small percentage of the entire activities of the ITS these days. The main task now is to assemble, classify and evaluate records about the following groups of persons, that is to issue information from these records:

• Prisoners of the concentration camps as well as of other places of detention under the Reichsführer-SS on the territory of the Reich and on the German-occupied territories, 1933 -1945

• Jews who were deported during the NS-period

• Foreigners who were on the territory of the Reich, mainly on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, during the time from 1939 - 1945

• Displaced Persons (DP's) who were under the care of international relief organizations - like UNRRA, IRO etc. - after the Second World War, mainly on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany, in Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the United Kingdom

• "Children" (i.e. persons who were under 18 years of age at the end of the war) of members of the aforementioned groups of persons who were displaced or separated from their parents due to events of the war respectively who were born on the territory of the Federal Republic of Germany during the war

German Red Cross Tracing Service in Munich: Tracing request

ITS contact form:

    9/10/09 Laurence Krupnak wrote:

    Contact the Bad Arolsen Archives. Germans kept excellent records of everyone
    that set foot in Germany during WW2. These archives will provide you w/father's exact experience in Germany and other personal details like their exact place of birth, parents names, etc. Inquiry by immediate family is available for free. All you need to provide is his full name w/ any other
    spelling variants and the exact birth date. Do not provide more info than that !!! They ask for no documention. Your inquiry can be done by e-mail. I understand the archives have upgraded their service and response can be received via e-mail as well. Response can take as much as three months. That part has not changed. Upon accessing site click HUMANITARIAN REQUESTS. Follow instructions. ITS-AROLSEN.ORG

ITS 2012 Call for memorabilia for an exhibition on Displaced Persons after WW II

    The International Tracing Service (ITS) in Bad Arolsen since its opening at the end of 2007, has develop into an international centre for documentation, information as well as research and education about persecution, forced labour and the Holocaust carried out by Nazi-Germany. The ITS documents, not only the fate of millions of victims and survivors, but also the administration behind Nazi-Germany’s atrocities as well as Allied efforts to assists and care for those who had survived.

    The ITS works on an traveling exhibition on Displaced Persons (working title: Life in Transit)

    The exhibition will be funded by Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”

    Displaced Persons are meant here as defined in the Allied classification: those who were persecuted, deported and displaced by force by Nazi-Germany. 

    The ITS seeks for objects from DP Camps and memorabilia from this period of life which we may insert into the exhibition. The owner shall understand that we:

    1. would lend objects such as photos, press, announcements for films, exhibitions, elections, certificates from vocational trainings, universities, schools etc. and show them only as facsimiles/ digitized images to protect them.
    2. If you would like to loan everyday objects to the ITS for this exhibition, we would be grateful, too.

    We would like to get information about the background of these items which you may offer us for the exhibition. This background information may be formulated as statements and we probably would insert them into the exhibit as well. Perhaps we would not be able inserting each object / statement into the exhibit; a choice will be done according to the exhibits ‘ narrative.

    Please do contact us before sending us anything

    Head of Department: Dr. Susanne Urban;

    Research/ Education: René Bienert / Elisabeth Schwabauer:

    If you want to get further information on yourself and your family during and after persecution, please inquire at:

    ITS research:

    On 2/11/08 Olga,

    Your DP site is the most comprehensive one I've seen on the subject. You've done an awesome job!

    My dad was born in Lithuania and lived in several DP camps while in the French occupation zone of Germany. I'm busy researching his time there and have received several records regarding him from the International Tracing Service (ITS) of the International Red Cross Cross.

    The ITS has 50 million individual records of World War II history. One individual may have several records in the ITS database. These records have now been made available for research following a lengthy period of time during which access to these records was extremely limited.

    Tom Sadauskas

    Followup 6/7/10:
    My request had been forwarded to the French archives and they found other new documents that they extracted info from. My dad lived in the French occupation zone of Germany and the French created their own set of documents that never got into the ITS archives. Take care. Tom

    Followup 10/22017: ITS list of 963 DP camps.I checked Reutlingen, Germany and found ITS had included camp rosters of the DPs at the camp. I was able to find my father on a roster from 14 January 1948.
    The ITS URL is:

    Hope this helps.

    Keep up the good work with the DP website, I know everyone appreciates your efforts. Best regards. Tom Sadauskas


    Bavaria Links, rootsweb

Berlin Archives:

    Tel.: +49 (0)30 / 369 93 119
    Fax: +49 (0)30 / 369 93 300

    Lots of German links:

    Bremen Archives There exists several card files in the Bremen archive. For example, there is a IRO card file, a Canada card file, and several others.

    Bremenhaven - Deutsche Auswanderer Datenbank (DAD), German databank contains emigration to North America through Bremen. The DAD is primarily concerned with the German emigration ports of Bremen/Bremerhaven, Hamburg and Cuxhaven. However, in some cases the ports of Boulogne, Cherbourg, Le Havre or Southampton and others are also recorded as frequently the ships would call at various European ports and take passengers on board before crossing the Atlantic. The passenger lists were always written in English.

    DAD German emigrants databank

    In English:

    Historisches Museum Bremerhaven

    An der Geeste
    27570 Bremerhaven
    Tel: 00 49-471-3 08 16-0
    Fax: 00 49-471-5 90 27 00

    City of Bremerhaven:

Arbeitsgruppe EXILMUSIK

    Musikwissenschaftliches Institut der Universität Hamburg
    Neue Rabenstrasse 13
    D-20354 Hamburg
    Tel. +49 - 040 - 42838-2555/-4863
    Fax +49 - 040 - 6003113

ICRC Archives :

    The ICRC may assist you by establishing a detention certificate if the sought person had been notified by the detaining power as a prisoner of war, or by communicating relevant information if the sought person has been assisted by the ICRC in exercising its mandate at the time of war.

Landeshauptstadt Munchen

    Ruppertstr. 1
    Tel: 089/233-44344
    Fax: 089/233-44320

Archiv des Erzbistums Munchen und Freising Archives of the Archbishops of Munchen and Freising

    Karmeliterstr. 1
    80333 München

Staatsarchiv für Oberfranken:

    Hainstr. 39,
    D 8600 Bamberg,

State Archives at Osnabrueck (Niedersüchsisches Staatsarchiv Osnabrück,

    Schlöstr. 29,
    D-49074 Osnabrueck, Germany
    Tel: +49(541) 33162-0 . . .
    Fax: +49(541) 33162-62

    Since about 1990, this Archive (for Schwaben/Suabia, i.e. southwestern part of Bavaria) is located in Augsburg, not in Neuburg any more:

    Staatsarchiv Augsburg

    Salomon-Idler-Str. 2
    D-86159 Augsburg
    Tel. 0821/599 63-30
    Fax 0821/599 63-333

    Dr. Hermann Beyer-Thoma
    Osteuropa-Institut Munchen
    Historische Abteilung
    Scheinerstrasse 11
    D 81476 Munchen
    Tel.: ++49 89/99839-442 (Mo, Di / Mo, Tu)
    Fax: ++49 89/75998228

    German War Archives

    Deutsches Bundesarchiv--Militärarchiv
    Wiesenthalstrasse 10
    85356 Freiburg Germany

    German archives: website (in German) contains addresses of municipal archives, state archives, archives of industrial firms, university archives, church archives and private archives and gives you basic information: address, opening times, archival sources. The data on sources vary in quality as every archive is responsible for updating the data and only bigger archives manage to do so.

    Archives in Germany: An Introductory Guide to Institutions & Sources

    addresses of War Archives in Germany

    1945 file in German Red Cross Archives in Berlin - has its own page

    Duetsches Rotes Kreuz (German Red Cross) Generalsekretariat, Suchdienst München, (Tracing Service)
    Chiemgaustrasse 109
    81549 Meunchen

    Unesco Archives - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultureal Organization

    German Military Records

    Ukrainische Freie Universitat - Bibliothek
    Pienzenauerstrasse 15
    81679 Munchen
    Tel.: 089/99738845
    Fax: 089/99738850

    Ukrainian World Congress
    Zentralvertretung der Ukrainer in Deutschland
    Zeppelinstr. 67
    GERMANY D-81699

    Directory of Ukrainian Organizations in the Diaspora by region on Brama web

    See German vocabulary to help you write.


The National Archives of Hungary English:

tel.: (+36 1) 225-2844

fax: (+36-1) 225-2817


Postal address: 1014 Budapest, 2–4 Bécsi kapu square / 1250 Budapest PO Box 3

    Magyar Statisztikai Hivatal

Hungarian Census and church records / resources:

    Jared H. Suess' "Handy Guide To Hungarian Genealogical Records"


    The National Archives
    Bishop Street
    Dublin 8

    Phone + 353 (1) 407-2300
    Fax + 353 (1) 407-2333


    Official Immigration site

    Central Zionist Archives, Click on English
    Tel: 972-2-6204834

    Location: Hi-Tech Village 3/4, Giv'at Ram Campus, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    Postal Address: POB 39077, Jerusalem 91390
    Tel. 972-2-6586249
    Fax  972-2-6535426

I am working at the Central Archives for the History of the Jewish People and am currently sorting out documents from the Jewish community in Vienna after WW II (mainly 1945-1951). Among others, the material contains about 15 big boxes with documents on the DP camps in Vienna and mainly on the "International Committee for Jews from Concentration Camps and Refugees" in Vienna.

Our Archives also hold the records of the Jewish community of Vienna before W.W.II. This material has been catalogued about 40 years ago. The material from after WW II on which I am working now is very interesting and contains much information on the DPs. A major part of the material are lists of the DPs in the vrious homes, mainly the Rothschild hospital the Arzbergerheim and the Frankgasse 2.

Denise Rein


Archives in Lithuania

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