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Dachau concentration camp & memorial site & museum - 2 camps, Schleswig Holstein (British zone)
    Address: KZ-Gedenkstaette Dachau
    Alte Roemerstrasse 75
    D - 85221 Dachau
    Phone: +49 (0) 8131 - 669970
    Fax: +49 (0) 8131 - 2235
    E-Mail: einfo@kz-gedenkstaette-dachau.de
    Internet: www.cc-memorial-site-dachau.org

    City archives - Stadtarchiv http://www.dachau.de/neu/kultur/stadtarchiv.htm

    8/21/06 Ms. Kaczmar,

      I have recently discovered your very impressive website as part of my search for information about the DP camp at Dachau and in particular an UNRRA team that was stationed there as the camp was being established in May of 1945.

      I am co-authoring a memoir with a Holocaust Survivor who, following liberation during a Death March in the vicinity of Bad Nauheim, joined up with an UNRRA team based there and shortly thereafter accompanied them to their new assignment at Dachau, where he served as a driver and general assistant for several months. We are seeking to locate the number of this UNRRA team and the name of its leader, a British woman. She was extraordinarily kind to him and was instrumental in helping him recover from 4 years of deprivation. With her assistance, he was able to avoid being assigned to a DP camp himself. Yet, with the passage of time, he can no longer remember her name, those of other team members or the Team #.

      In addition to our continuing efforts to locate this information from various sources, including the UNRRA archives in New York and the Gedenkstatte & Museum at Dachau, I wonder if you have any knowledge or resources that could be of help? Thank you for any assistance, and for your extraordinary efforts to document DP camp history. Daniel Kadden, Ph.D, Olympia, WA, email:dkadden@comcast.net

      UNRRA Team 546 Director was A.H. Sutton
      Regards, Miff Crommelin


    In Dannenberg also was a DP camp at least from June to September 1947 with the DPACS number 89 or 89/2510, possibly already before these dates. I have not found a name for this camp in the British National Archives, so perhaps it was a second Oxford camp. Kind regards, Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.
Darmstadt - Darmstadt today http://www.tu-darmstadt.de/darmstadt.html
    State archive: http://www.stad.hessen.de/
    Address: Karolinenplatz 3, D-64289 Darmstadt
    Tel: 06151/165900
    Fax: 06151/165901
    Email: poststelle@stad.hessen.de / Leiter: Prof. Dr. Friedrich Battenberg

    City archive: Stadtarchiv Darmstadt
    Address: Schloss, D-64283 Darmstadt
    von Hahn, W. (1968) Darmstädter Familiennamen bis zum Ende des 16. Jahrhunderts. (Nachdruck)
    Amsterdam: Swets & Zeitlinger (Giessener Beiträge zur deutschen Philologie 69)

    Grossherzoglich Hessisches Haus- und Familienarchiv Darmstadt (see state archives)

    Zentralarchiv der Evangelischen Kirche in Hessen und Nassau (ev.)
    Address: Ahastr. 5a, D-64285 Darmstadt, Tel. (06151) 663428
    Bestand: u.a. Kirchenbücher, Militärkirchenbücher
    Prätorius, O. (1939) Kirchenbücher und Standesregister im Land Hessen. Darmstadt

    Evangelische Kirche in Hessen und Nassau
    Paulusplatz 1
    64285 Darmstadt
    Phone: (06151) 405-0
    Fax: (06151) 405-440

    Zofia Schurik and her husband, Stefan Schurig, were residents at 61 Darmstadt, Beckstr 76, however moved to 64347 Griesheim, Lichtenbergweg 10 in 1983. If anyone has any information about this, please write Mark Norek events@lifesanadventure.com.au

    10/9/09 Dear Olga,
    I am looking for names and information on the students of the Professional Betar School in Darmstadt that existed from 1947-48. The director was Samuel MIlek Batalion and the Betar Instructor was Moshe Mordchelewitz. Most of the students made Aliya to Israel and some stayed in Germany.
    My website with all the pictures of the students is: www.batalion.net/BetarSchool
    Thanks, Lea Dror-Batalion  ldror@batalion.net

Dassel (British zone)

Datteln (British zone)

Davensberg (British zone)

Dedelsdorf / Dedelstorf, #242, Land Niedersachsen (British zone), Balts

    Dear Olga,
    My mother has remembered that the last camp we were in prior to our departure for Australia was Dedelsdorf in the British Zone.

    I have spent the last few days reading "DP's Europe's Displaced Persons, 1945-1951" by Mark Wyman, "Walking Since Daybreak" by Modris Eksteins and also "A Woman in Amber" by Agate Nesaule. Quite enlightening and sometimes quite painful, though I don't know why. The memory of those times is imprinted on my heart but very lightly in my memory! My sympathy, especially, for Agate Nesaule is quite profound, almost as if I have had similar experiences to hers. Hans Simons / Australia

Degerloch, Poles, Jews
    I noticed, by the way, that you have no mention of a camp at Degerloch, a southern (then) suburb of Stuttgart. My recollection of it was that it was a street of weekenders, and in 1946 was occupied by an overflow of Russian Jews from Cannstadt. When my mother joined the Polish Red Cross, we were quartered there for about six months. The fact that I was a Goim didn't matter. Some of the older people - I was fourteen - took me in hand, taught me carpentry and Yiddish - both of which came in handy once I got to Australia. I have an idea that the camp shut down in Autumn 1946, about the time we moved back to Ludwigsburg. What became of the inmates I don't know.

    Hope these odd recollections help! Cheers, George Carrington

Deggendorf, Jews, Russians
    City archives- Stadtarchiv
    Stadtarchiv Deggendorf
    östlicher Stadtgraben 28,
    94469 Deggendorf,
    Tel.: 0991/31804
    Tel.: 0991/31804

    United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Archives Record Group: PAG 4 Box 5-13: District 3: Deggendorf

    "Serving as a transit station for 700 refugees awaiting passage to Palestine, the Deggendorf Jewish Community DP Camp No. 7 was established on February 20, 1945, in Bavaria at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp. Camp money is believed to have been introducd in 1945." From Displaced Persons Camp Money by Frank Passic and Steven A. Feller.

    06 Aug 2003 From: Georg Haberl
    Dear Mrs. Olga Kaczmar,
    I visited your website about DP camps 1945 - 1949 in Germany. I'm interested in the Camp 7 - Deggendorf with the outside camps Mietraching and Mainkofen-Natternberg, near Deggendorf. The cause: I'm born 1934 in Degggendorf and research all about the fights of the US-Units in my home-area April/May 1945 and also the following occupation-time. Therefore I'm also interested in all informations, reports, documents and photos about this camp 7 - Deggendorf. Can you help to whom I should write with my requests? Have you the address of the United Nations relief and Rehabilitation Administration Archives? (See address page for UN archives)

    Please excuse, but I must correct some informations about the camp:

    It was not established on Febr. 20.1945. Deggendorf was conquered by the 26th YD-Div. at April 27.1945. So the camp must be established May/June 1945!? The camp was not a former Nazi concentrations camp. All the buildings were built 1863 as a hospital. From the beginning of the years 1930... it were used as barracks from the German Wehrmacht (Army), special as military-school for "Unteroffiziere" until the end of war.

    I'm very interested in your reply and I hope you can help with my researches. And please excuse my faults in your language. Sincerely Georg Haberl / Germany.

    Dear Olga,
    Hello, my name is Leslie Rosenbush. According to several members of my family, my father was interred at Deggendorf D.P. camp post WW II. Would you know where I can turn for a camp list perhaps divulging more information about my father who spoke so little of his wartime experiences in the camps, understandably traumatized by his enslavement and murder of his family. Any help in this direction would be most appreciated. He was in the following camps as well: Budzin, Mielece, Vielicke, Majdanek, Flossenburg and freed by the Russian army at Theresintadt. Do any records or lists survive which may document these interment s either by the Germans or Russians? Where may I turn to? Thank you in advance for whatever help or sources you can provide in my search.p.s. have you heard of a place called "skrent" relating to d.p. interment? Thanx rozebush.

    Olga's reply: Budzin, Mielece, Vielicke, Majdanek are in Poland.
    Majdanek concentration camp:

Delmenhorst German site, #222, (British, Lower Saxony; Niedersachsen); mostly Balts, Poles,

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Delmenhorst, Rathaus
    27747 Delmenhorst
    Tel: (49) 4221-992014
    Fax: (49) 4221-991170
    Sumitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.



    Dear DP Camps,

    Yours is a wonderful, important website, thank you so much.

    My family were in 10 different DP camps over 6 years before immigrating to Australia in 1949. My family was in Delmenhorst between June 1948 and June 1949.

    Here is a photo that shows my Ukrainian mother in a kindergarten photo at Delmenhorst. She is in front of the teacher on the left. A sign can clearly be seen in the background.

    I love the way that everyone is impeccably dresses and groomed despite their circumstances.

    Best regards,

    Karen Bijkersma karenbijkersma@hotmail.com

    Click to enlarge    

Denklingen Hospital (British zone), mostly Poles

Dessau - in Buchenwald Kdo. Dessau was a transit camp,


Detmold camp for Lithuanians & Latvians (2 camps-

    A camp newspaper called the Lithuanian Union published Find / Search articles to 'find your relatives' so that the DPs would get help emigrating out of the camps.

    State archives: Nordrhein-Westfälisches Staatsarchiv Detmold
    Willi-Hofmann-Str. 2
    32756 Detmold
    Tel: (49) 5231-766-110
    Fax: (49) 5231-766-114
    Email: andreas.ruppert@lav.nrw.de
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?detmold


    UNRRA Team 722:
    M. Miller
    L. Boulon
    A. Chalandre
    N. Ferte
    T. Korzybska
    J. Cuneo
    E. Stoven
Diepholz, #272, #2722, Land Niedersachsen (British zone), Poles & Balts
    City archives: Stadt Diepholz, Stadtarchiv,
    Rathausmarkt 1, 49356 Diepholz

    Telefon: 05441/909-333
    Telefax: 05441/909-252


    10/13/04 Dear Olga,
    I thank you for placing your website on the web. I have had some success checking up on my family history, in particular my grand parents and father when they arrived in Australia. However I have noticed something that I am having some dead ends on and was wondering whether you would be able to shed some light on it for me. On my birth certificate it says that my father was born in Deipholtz, Germany. I have not been able to locate the city in Germany anywhere, is it possible that the name of the city was spelt wrong ? What are you suggestions on how I can further my search? I thank you for your assistance and any advice that you could give me. Yours Faithfully Dannielle Davies- Wilkins (nee Tomasiewicz)


Diestedde (British zone)

Dinkelsbuhl has its own page written by John Sklepkowycz who has passed away.

    Dinkelsbuhl is one of Germany's most picturesque small towns, located in the kingdom of Bavaria, on the Wornitz, 16 m. N. from Nordlingen, on the railway to Dombuhl. Pop. 5000. It is an interesting medieval town, still surrounded by old walls and towers, and has an Evangelical and two Roman Catholic churches. Notable is the so-called Deutsches Haus, the ancestral home of the counts of DrechselDeufstetten, a fine specimen of the German renaissance style of wooden architecture. There are a Latin and industrial school, several benevolent institutions, and a monument to Christoph von Schmid (1768-1854), a writer of stories for the young. The inhabitants carry on the manufacture of brushes, gloves, stockings and gingerbread, and deal largely in cattle.

    Fortified by the emperor Henry I., Dinkelsbuhl received in 1305 the same municipal rights as Ulm, and obtained in 1351 the position of a free imperial city, which it retained till 1802, when it passed to Bavaria. Its municipal code, the Dinkelsbuhler Recht, published in 1536, and revised in 1738, contained a very extensive collection of public and private laws.

      DP camps in Dinkelsbuehl, Bavaria
      1945 - 1949, The following information provided by Ms. AB in Germany:

      5 May 1945: In a report of Headquarters Military Government - US-Army on Displaced Persons (Kreis DINKELSBUEH) TOTAL 6081 persons of different nationalities were mentioned.

      Soon this high number of people was reduced by transporting a lot of them to other DP camps in the neighborhood in Bavaria.

      So in a continued report on DPs in centers in Dinkelsbuehl and immediate vicinity, TOTAL 627 persons were registered.

      The different places of the DP camps in Dinkelsbuehl:

        Deutsches Haus (German House)
        Goldene Rose (Golden Rose)
        Weisses Ross (White Horse): Here were the Lettish DPs.

        Dinkelbauer (Spelt Farmer)
        Brauner Hirsch (Brown Deer)
        Kornschranne (Grain House)

        • Former "Oberrealschule" (Secondary School) - Today Vocational School, Noerdlinger Strasse 22
        • Former "Fliegerschule" (Flying School)
        • Hats-Factory Peschel - Today City's Department for Elecricity, Rudolf-Schmidt-Strasse 7

        Other housings:
        Bahnhofsrestauration - (Im Knabsaal), Luitpoldstrasse 19: Here were accommodated the Lithuanian DPs.
        • Private house, former brush factory: Noerdlinger Strasse 52: Here lived the Ukrainian DPs.

    April 22, 2007, Hi Olga
    This day was the memorial day for the Jewish Dinkelsbuehl community up to 1938. It was a great day -
    all people liked it a lot! Please see the plate for the house where the former synagoue was. SUCCESS!
    geli - happy - happy - happy!

    (Olga's note: Angelika passed away Feb 2013. She contributed a lot to the Jewish history in Dinkelsbuehl.)

    Alt Dinkelsbuhl newsp
    This came in the year book 2008 of the archive in Dinkelsbuehl and it was in the FLZ like this little paper as a special page on 15th March.
    click to enlarge photos

Donauwörth, See archive in Heilig Kreuz (Holy Cross) .
    12/11/05 Dear Olga,
    I have read and reread your site on dp camps and concentration camps in Germany, but am unable to find any information that I am searching. My mother was taken from the Polish side of the Ukraine, and taken to Donauworth. There she was chosen by a farmer to work in Riedlingen in 1942. I cannot find a Displaced person camp mentioned in Donauworth. She passed away last March, and I found out that I had an older sister who was born in 1945. She was put in a hospital or children's home in Donauworth and died there in 1946. According to my mother she is buried in Riedlingen. But my mother had Dementia before she died and I am wondering if she remembered correctly. I am affected very deeply to think that she died such a lonely devastating death and feel I need to find where the home was and where she is buried. My baptism certificate says I was born in Donauworth, Kath. Stadpfarramt zu U.L.Fr. 8850 Donauworth Kirchhor 3. I wonder if she was born and kept in the same place. Was there a camp there where my mother may have been? Was there a children's home there? Am I able to visit these places if I go there? My research is at a standstill, and I need guidance as to which direction to go.

    Even if you cannot help me, I want to congratulate you on the work you have achieved in your site. You have helped so many people reach out to each other and try to understand how history has affected them. Thank you. Please answer to a.vella@rogers.com Thanking you sincerely, Lisa Vella

    Olga's reply: See Biberach or Baden Wurttemberg archives for Riedlingen. Look on this site for map, see how close they are:

      or write:


    Cristopher's reply:
    Indeed it was Riedlingen, where your mother once was, close to Donauwörth. Your sister was born late in 1945 and was brought to the Hospital "Heilig Kreuz," (Holy Cross) a children's hospital close to Donauwörth. If she died there, her grave will be in Donauwörth. I found the archive in Donauwörth, with the registers of Heilig Kreuz and the archivist, Dr. Seuffert, will help us further. He said, that there is even a photo album of the children's home, so we could, with some luck, find a picture of your mother and sister, and tomorrow I will drive to Donauwörth and have a look for the graves. Usually there is no chance to find a grave after such a long time, because Christians remove graves after a certain time, but I will have a look myself. And I will get a record of the graveyard and the town's office, so we will know all, with some luck. Christof Maihoefer

Dorentrup Lippe,


Dormagen, Poles


Email contact: http://www.dormagen.de/231.html

1/30/08 Olga
Thank you. After the Americans came to Kapellen in 1945, mum and dad were taken temprarily to Anrath. From there they first went to the Dormagen camp (which was mainly Polish) for a short while and then to Lintorf - where they stayed from 1946 to 1947. From there they went to Seedorf in about 1948 before being processed for emigration to Australia at Fallinbostel in 1948. They left for Australia from Naples in 1949, arriving in Melbourne a month later. From there they were taken to Bonegilla - but because mum had a baby girl (my sister and was pregnant with me) she went to Cowra for a few weeks as the facilities for mothers was better there. They both finally came to Canberra in 1948. Do you know if there are any photos of the camps at Dormagen, Lintorf and Seedorf which are from that era??
Regards, Peter Ilyk ilyk@grapevine.com.au

Dornstadt has its own page.

    We need urgently information on Dornstadt. The actual documentation for this camp is in Israel, "Lochamei Ha Gettaot", but there is little known on the camp. After the use as a children's camp for Jewish children, it was a camp for Ukrainian people.

    The home for aged DPs was founded in July 1950 and ready on 22. 9. 1951 for its 550 inhabitants. It was a home for Russians, Ukrainians and 10% Germans - and still has, till today, an Orthodox and a Protestant church and likewise a graveyard with beautiful gravestones. In 1963 there were still 50 % of the inhabitants which were former DPs. At present there is a new Jewish community - and a lot of them are also former Ukrainian people. Christof Maihoefer

Dorsten - 3 camps #31/153, (British zone), mostly Poles, Ukrainians;

Dortmund (British zone) Yugoslavs, Poles

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Dortmund
    Märkische Strasse 14
    44122 Dortmund
    Tel: (49) 231-5022156
    Fax: (49) 231-5026011
    Email: stadtarchiv-dortmund@stadtdo.de
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?stadta-dortmund
Dössel / Doessel, #3134, N. Rhine-Westphalia (British zone), mostly Poles

Drensteinfurt - 3 camps (British zone)

    City archives:
    Freiherr von Landsberg-Velen
    48317 Drensteinfurt
    Tel: (49) 2508-1294
    Fax: (49) 2508-1294
    City archives Stadtarchiv

    Technische Universität Dresden
    Mommsenstr. 13
    01062 Dresden
    Phone: (0351) 463 4452
    Fax: (0351) 463 7178
    E-mail: mlienert@rcs.urz.tu-dresden.de
    Web site:

    Hello Olga, I am trying to find any information about my father Tony Kiseneczko. All we know is that he was taken away from his family and home in Ukraine by the German army to work in Germany. He lived and worked on a farm in Dresden or near Dresden. My father told us that Dresden was heavily bombed. Afterwards, American soldiers everywhere and later there were queues for people to go to Canada, USA, England etc. My father came to England where he married raised a family. We would be grateful for any information regarding my father during those terrible times. Love and thanks, Mitro

Drewer - 2 camps (British zone)

Duderstadt, #286, Land Niedersachsen (British zone)

    English: http://titan.mpi-g.gwdg.de/duderstadt/dud-e.htm
    Deutsch: http://titan.mpi-g.gwdg.de/duderstadt/
    Email: digitales.archiv@mpi-g.gwdg.de

    Street address: Christian-Blank-Strasse 1
    37115 Duderstadt
    Tel.: 05527 / 2144
    Fax: 05527 / 73248
    Email: Dr. Hans-Heinrich Ebeling, ebeling@mpi-g.gwdg.de
    Web site: www.archive.geschichte.mpg.de/dud-d.htm.

    City archives Stadtarchiv Duderstadt
    Worbiser Strasse 9
    37115 Duderstadt
    Tel: 0 55 27 - 21 44
    Fax: 0 55 27 - 7 32 48

    My folks were married in Bremen in 1945. I was born in Duderstadt in 1948, two brothers were born in 1945 and 1946 (deceased in infancy) and two sisters were born in 1947 (Halina) and 1950 (Sabina), all in Germany. I want to find out when and how we got there, why we did not go back to Poland (my father) or Russia (my mother) and how long we were there. Jeanine Spiteri / Canada

Duisburg am Rhein - http://www.duisburg.de/micro/english/index.php


Vintage photos http://www.eucmh.com/category/archive-photos-germany/duisburg/

4/25/11 Dear Olga,

Please try to find more about labour camp in Duisburg. From Parma camp I have a written document (a book) so I know what have interested me. I bought a car few years ago at my friend's shop and we found out that our fathers were together in Parma. He has that book and it was fantastic to see my father's sign on a full list of all prisoners (they were divided in 12 or 14 barracks).
A lot of Croats from southern part of Croatia (Dalmatia) joined Tito's partizans and fought against Italian fashists and after fall of Italy against German fashists. My father used to work in a shipbuilding company in Split and was a member of an underground movement in Split. He was present on the meeting (held on 22.06.1941– the day when Hitler started the Russian campaign) when local comunist party decided to organize an armoured uprise against fashists. He passed away at that same date – 22.06.1984. My mother joined partisans on the fall of Italy. She was only 16 at that time and was wounded twice in a combat (she was a nurse). She passed away 3 years ago.
Yes, „hr“ in my e-mail stands for Croatia (local name Hrvatska). I have read somewhere that you are of Ukrainian origins?? I used to work in Lviv region and have a lot of friends from there. Ukrainian name for Croatia is Horvatia!
Best regards
Mirko Ivancic mirko.ivancic@st.t-com.hr


Duisdorf, Poles

    Duisdorf now forms part of the city of Bonn. City archives:
    Stadtarchiv Bonn
    Berliner Platz 2
    53103 Bonn
    Tel.: 0228-77-2410
    Fax: 0228-77-4301
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?stadta-bonn
    Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.

Dülmen / Duelmen (British zone)
    City archives Stadtarchiv
    Stadtarchiv Dülmen Charleville-Mezieres-Platz
    248249 Dülmen
    Tel: 0 25 94 - 89 08 15
    Fax: 0 25 94 - 89 08 17
    I am trying to find out more information about a D.P. camp in Duneburg, Germany. I have few photographs and my famliy have four gifts made by the camp residents which were given to him when he returned to England. I've recently found that my grandfather (Norman Lockyer) was not in fact the pastor at Duneberg but at Spakenberg III in 1948. I'm not sure what connection he had at Duneberg although the photos I sent you are from Duneberg. Inside a ornate wooden box given to him is a plaque says "To our pastor at Christmas, Norman Lockyer. Dpc Spakenberg III 1948, Latvian Elim Assembly." Many thanks Damon Lockyer

    DP camps Spakenberg were managed from September 1947 until April 1949 by the International Refugees Organisation area team 907 and DP Assembly centre 1225 in Geesthacht.

    City archives:
    Archivgemeinschaft der Städte Geesthacht, Lauenburg (Elbe), Schwarzenbek, der Ämter Büchen und Hohe Elbegeest und der Gemeinde Ventorf, Rathaus
    Ritter-Wulf-Platz 1
    21493 Schwarzenbek
    Tel.: (04151) 8810
    Fax: (04151) 81830
    Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel

Duppel Center (near Berlin), Jews
    Subject: Photos at United Nations archives:
    We have photo #UN22337: Children in Duppel DP Camp in Berlin, Germany (December, 1949)
    Please let me know if you would be interested in obtaining hi-res scans ($3 each) or prints ($ 7 each).
    Best regards, Clara Gouy, Photo Librarian, United Nations, photolibr@un.org

Düsseldorf / Duesseldorf; has its own page. N. Rhine-Westphalia (British zone), mostly Poles

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