Displaced Persons -

German DP camps Wa - Wi

Map, References / Sources found on intro.

Wadersloh, 4 camps (British zone) in the district of Warendorf, in North Rhine-Westphalia,


Waderslohknoche (British zone) Wadersloh is a municipality in the district of Warendorf, in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is situated approximately 10 km north-west of Lippstadt and 30 km east of Hamm.

, a small and beautiful village in Carinthia, See Feldkirchen - There is also A Waiern in Austria; Ukrainians

Waldliesborn (British zone)


Walstedde (British zone) in Nordrhein-Westfalen

Waltrop, 2 camps (British zone); http://www.waltrop.de/ See archives in the city of Duelmen


Waltrop is a town in the district of Recklinghausen in North Rhine-Westfalen.


    Photos of slave labor camp in Waltrop (in German), 2000 Russians : http://www.lions-dorsten-hanse.de/html/body_zwangsarbeiter.html


    Search in google Waltrop zwangsarbeit (forced labor) and translate German to English.


Wangen Russian boy scout troops http://www.wangen.de/

Warburg / Peckelsheim, #32/134, (British zone) Poles

    City archive: Stadtarchiv Warburg
    Sternstr. 35
    34414 Warburg
    Tel.: 05641-92562
    Fax: 05641-92582
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?stadta-warburg
Warendorf, 2 camps (British zone) Poles

    War central archives: Kreiszentralarchiv Warendorf
    Waldenburger Str. 2
    48231 Warendorf
    Tel.: 02581-53-2197
    Fax: 02581-53-2452
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?kreisza-warendorf



Warner - Kaserne, IRO Area 7, Munich, Exit camp
    Olga Kaczmar received a large package of pictures of Warner-Kaserne and its inhabitants, posted them on a Warner-Kaserne page.

Watenstedt (British Zone) near Salzgitterer, West Germany,

    My parents both immigrated to the US from a DP camp in Wattenstedt, Germany in the late 1940's. Thanks a lot for the help. Michael Babycz

    Dear Olga,
    I'm overwhelmed by this incredible site of yours. I don't know why but recently I've developed a penchant to find out more about my history. And it seems that each passing day it's becoming more so.

    My mother, for survival purposes, she stated her nationality as Polish. During her stay in a dp camp (I have a document stamped Watenstedt-Salzgitter January 1950, this may have been an embarkation point) in 1945, she met a man she called Jozef Krawczyk (aged approx 40). After a short courtship, she fell pregnant with me. This man appeared to be a bit of a lad and soon after decided to head back to Poland from whence he came. My mother spent the latter part of her pregnancy being cared for by Jozef's son who was 17 or 18 at the time and carried the same name as his father. When I was born, Jozef junior also headed back to Poland to inform his father he had another son. Some six weeks later, mum met a Russian man, called Wasyl Semenikow, whom she married. In May 1950 we migrated to Australia.

    At this point, I would dearly love to find that older brother and any other relatives in Poland. I would be grateful for anything you may be able to do for me or at least point me to someone who can. Yours Greatfully, Eugene Semenikow/ Australia


Warthegau has its own page


Wedel is a town in the district of Pinneberg, in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany.

It is situated on the right bank of the Elbe, approximately 20 kilometres (12 miles) south of Elmshorn, and 17 kilometres (11 miles) west of Hamburg. Second World War almost put the small city into ashes and debris. 70 % of the living spaces in Wedel were turned into rubble.

The city built large barrack settlements in a hurry. The housing shortage reached its high point when after WW II refugees came in masses from the east to Wedel. A census in 1947 shows that Wedel had 7,902 native inhabitants and more than 6,500 evacuated and refugees. Each person was allowed 4.9m² (52 square feet) of living space

City web site: http://www.wedel.de/

City hall:
Rathausplatz 3-5
22880 Wedel
Tel. 04103 707-0

City archive: Stadtarchiv Pinneberg
Bismarckstrasse 8
25421 Pinneberg
Tel: 0 41 01 - 21 12 24
Fax: 0 41 01 - 21 14 44

Latvians, Balts.

What a wonderful site! I am a Latvian, Edgar Zarins jr, who lives in Westland, Mi. I discovered your site while searching for DP camp information in Diepholz, Germany. I am the official representative in North America for www.dpalbums.lv

Edgar Zarins Jr ezed24@wowway.com

There is Linz in Germany and Linz in Austria. Linz am Rhein (in English Linz on the Rhine) is a municipality in the district of Neuwied, in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany. It is situated on the right bank of the river Rhine near Remagen, approx. 25 km southeast of Bonn. Linz is the seat of the Verbandsgemeinde ("collective municipality") Linz am Rhein. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linz_am_Rhein

Situated near Linz, the Wegscheid camp issued money in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 20. All notes depict the Star of David. From Displaced Persons Camp Money by Frank Passsic and Steven A. Feller.


May 16, 2016, Dear Olga,

I would be very happy if you would share these photos from DP Camp Wegscheid Barracks 44 and 46 on your DP Camps website. My grandfather (Motl Rajsman) is the tall man on the left in the first one and he is on the right in the second one. I hope someone will recognize the other men in the photos. I would love to know more. Thank you. Sincerely,
Suzanne Reisman suzanne.reisman@gmail.com


Weigscheid 2

My grandfather (Motl Rajsman) is the tall man on the left

Motl Rajsman is the tall man on the right



Wehnen has its own page; Lithuanians,
    I think my parents resided at a DP Camp in Wehnen but I do not see any information for that location on your web-site. They were immigrants from Lithuania. Al Grunas

    There's a big hospital in Wehnen, search on the web: Landeskrankenhaus Wehnen

Weiden, Latvian
    I don't know which is the newer address:
    City archives: Schulgasse 3a
    92637 Weiden / Oberpfalz

    City archives: Kulturzentrum Hans Bauer
    Schulgasse 3a
    D-92637 Weiden (Oberpfalz)
    Tel: +49 (961) 470 3900
    Fax: +49 (961) 470 3909
    E-mail: archiv@weiden-oberpfalz.de

    I am a Latvian DP that remembers being in Weiden and Schwbisch-Gmund. Thank You Andy Kruklitis

    3/31/05 I stumbled upon your site and was unable to find the DP camp I was born in. The village is Weiden, Bavaria. Can you give me some information on how to find out about this camp, please? Vera Akers

    2/15/2007 Mrs. Kaczmar,
    According to a UNRRA document I have on Konstanty Proniewicz, my father lived here from 1944 to late 1946 at Camp Hammerweg. He had been under the care of a Mrs. Proniewicz [first name was not given], with whom he had been evacuated from Iwacewicze, Poland [probably now Ivatsevichy, Belarus], along with her two children, whose names I do not have. Any information on this location, including on Polish or Belarussian refugees that were sent there from the region around Ivatsevichy, would be greatly appreciated. Max Monclair, Omaha, NE http://maxmonclair.blogspot.com

Weissenburg (I'm not sure this was a DP camp but it was a labor camp.)

US zone Weissenburg has a beautiful quaint, old town section you'll want to visit if you have a connection with this town.

Prison: Amtsgerichtsgefaengnis

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Weissenburg in Bayern
    Marktplatz 19
    91781 Weissenburg in Bayern
    Tel.: (09141) 907-221
    Fax: (09141) 907-227
    Email: Stadt@Weissenburg.de
    Web: http://www.weissenburg.de

Wentorf, has its own camp page
    #1231, Schleswig Holstein (British zone), Poles, Balts, Jews, Yugoslavs

    State archives in Hamburg: http://fhh.hamburg.de/stadt/Aktuell/behoerden/staatsarchiv
    Staatsarchiv Hamburg
    Kattunbleiche 19
    22041 Hamburg

Tel.: (040) 42831 - 3200
Fax: (040) 42831 - 3201
email contact form:


9/12/2010 Dear Olga,

I don't know if you would like to add this list to your extensive list of forced labor camps, but I have recently received this list of VDM* camps that were operating in Werdohl (Eveking) after making an inquiry about my mother.

*VDM stands for Vereinnigte Deutsche Metallwerke

This list is courtesy of Gabriele Aschöwer Lager_Werdohl_German.pdf
Märkischer Kreis

Fachdienst Kultur
Kreisarchiv und Landeskundliche Bibliothek
Bismarckstr. 15
58762 Altena
Tel.: 02352/966-7051
eMail: g.aschoewer@maerkischer-kreis.de

I hope you and others will find this useful. Sharon Miklaslaffinbuda@gmail.com

Werl (British zone) Poles

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Werl
    59457 Werl
    Tel.: 02922-800-1018
    Fax: 02922-800-1098
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?stadta-werl

Werther (Bielefeld), #3163, Land Niedersachsen (British Zone), Poles,



Westerbrook Dutch Jews

      the Canadian liberation team who died there

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Werther
    Mühlenstr. 2
    33824 Werther
    Tel.: 05203-70517
    Fax: 05203-70588
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?stadta-werther

Wermelskirchen Hospital (British), Poles
    City archives: Telegrafenstr. 29/33
    42929 Wermelskirchen
    Tel: (02196) 710-0
    Email: post@stadt.wermelskirchen.de

Werne (5 camps-British)

    City archives: Bahnhofstr. 8
    59368 Werne
    Tel: (02389) 7153
    Fax: (02389) 71538
    Email: S.Maetzke@Werne.de

Werther, Land North Rhine / Westphalia (British)

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Werther
    Mühlenstr. 2
    33824 Werther
    Tel: 05203-70517
    Fax: 05203-70588
    Web: http://www.archive.nrw.de/home.asp?stadta-werther
Westfalen is a region
    Landeskirchliches Archiv der Evangelischen Kirche von Westfalen (Archives of Evangelist Protestant Church of Westfalen)
    Altstädter Kirchplatz 5
    (Post office box) Postfach 10 10 51
    D-33602 Bielefeld

The street address is Ritterstrasse 19.

Tel: 0521 594-296
Fax: 0521 594-129
E-mail: archiv@lka.ekvw.de

map and region information in English http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=westfalen+1945+zwangsarbeiter&vm=i&n=20&fl=0&x=wrt

My husband's family were in camp in Alfeld and Westfalen. Can you help with information in english please. I really find your sight informative. Thanks Linda Juda Australia

Documents in German concerning forced labor in Westfalen http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=westfalen+1945+zwangsarbeiter&vm=i&n=20&fl=0&x=wrt

Wetzlar has its own web page; near Frankfurt am Main
    United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration Archives
    Record Group: PAG 4 Box 4: District 2: Wetzlar, Zeilsheim

    Historical archives: Mauser Gasse 17
    35578 Wetzlar
    Tel.: (06441) 99351
    Fax: (06441) 99433
    Bibliothekssigel: Zta 1488
    Kontakt: Dr. Irene Jung, Historisches

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Wetzlar
    Address: Rathaus,
    Hauser Gasse 17,
    D-35578 Wetzlar

    12/9/04 Dear Olga,
    Can you advice me where to find records about my parents? They stayed in American Army refugee camps after sec. world war. I know for sure they were in Wetzlar (near Frankfurt am main) on Sept / Oct 1948. I'm looking for their marriage certificate or any other document about them like a copy of their passports or their identity cards. They came after the Holocaust to Germany from Poland and Russia. Their names are: Avram Ledershtein & Mania Ledershtein (Finkelshtein). Anaish


14, May 2009, Dear Olga,

    We have contact few years ago about Maczkow dps polish city in Germany.

    I have also pictures about UNRRA team in Wetzlar in Germany if it can help someone who search’s info’s about it. I make already a blog about polish troops and the great father, and I’ll make one In a few days or week about UNRRA teams. http://zygmunt-sawicki.blog4ever.com/blog/index-135626.html

    Regards and thanks

    G.Lapers gilles.lapers@skynet.be


Wewelsburg (British); Poles

Wiedenbrück / Wiedenbrueck


    City archives: Stadtarchiv Wiesbaden
    Im Rad 20
    65197 Wiesbaden
    Tel: 49-611-313329
    Fax: 49-611-313977
    Email: Wiesbaden.stadtarchiv@main-rheiner.de

    State archives: Hessisches Hauptstaatsarchiv
    Mosbacher Str. 55
    65187 Wiesbaden
    Tel: 49-611-8810
    Fax: 49-611-881145
    Email: Poststelle@hhstaw.hessen.de
    Web: http://www.hauptstaatsarchiv.hessen.de/

    Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.


    Dear Olga
    I was delighted to find the site dp camps and I have looked through with great interest. Both my Lithuanian parents were in dp camps. My mother was in Luebeck and she says she saw my father in Scwerin dp camp after the war. His friend says in was with him in Wiesbaden dp camp and the he played national league basketball there. My father was taken to Germany and he did forced labour for the Luftwaffe. Do you know if they would have records of forced labourers? I would appreciate any help that you could give me. Thanks Birute Davies


    12/28/04 Dear Olga,
    Great site. I'm looking for a missing person, Vanda-Ofelija Saukaite (maiden name), Lithuanian. Last seen in Wiesbaden DP Camp in 1949. Any help would be greatly appreaciated. Thank You. My E-mail: www.mitchtaras@yahoo.com MITCH TARAS

Wietersheim (British zone)


    Dear Olga,
    My sister Rozalia who was born in Wildenhagen, Germany and my brother Edward Lukaszewski was born at Greta Camp, NSW, Australia. My mother was Stefania Polowa and she was born in Demenka, Lwow. In 1942, she had moved from ..."Wildenhagen to Dahlke - Post Gildsoff Komin Pome". I have no idea what or where this is. Many thanks Janina

Wildenhagen near Reppen was German until 1945. Now it is in Poland. I do not know the Polish name of former Wildenhagen. Reppen is now Rzepin (in Poland). This place is 20 km east of the German border town Frankfurt an der Oder or the Polish border town Slubice. Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.



    City Archiv: Stadtarchiv
    26382 Wilhelmshaven
    Deutschland -Germany
    Tel: code + 04421 16
    Fax: code + 04421 16 1158
    E-mail: stadtarchiv@stadt.wilhelmshaven.de

    Alten Banter Weg (No. 1582 Wilhelmshaven) was a subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuengamme_concentration_cam.

    10/10/2011 Submitted by Alan Newark braveheart562002@yahoo.com: Alan Newark
    Dear Mr. Newark,

    Mr. Räcker-Wellnitz, the clerk of the Stadtarchiv of Wilhelmshaven, has just published a book about the camps for foreign and forced workers in Wilhelmshaven. I think, he should know well, what is to find in his own archive about this time.   I don't believe, that there exists any witness any more.

    Räcker-Wellnitz, Ulrich -------- ISBN :  978-3-941929-00-5
    Das Lager ist wichtiger als der Lohn, Arbeiterunterkünfte in Wilhelmshaven 1933 bis 1945
    Wilhelmshavener Beiträge zur Stadt- und Kulturgeschichte,

    Order url: http://www.buchhandel.de/detailansicht.aspx?isbn=9783941929005

    News quote from: Der Bundeswehr Laden, Wilhelmshavener Zeitung online10/20/2011 article by Norbert Czyz.

    One of the few relics of the workers' camp at the Sudetenstraße (now the oil jetty) is currently being demolished. At the same location will produce three detached houses.

    Over 70 years ago the Navy was at the Sudetenstrasse to build today's oil jetty, accommodation for 3,000 workers. One of the last few blocks from this period is currently being demolished.

    Wilhelmshaven - At the Wilmastrasse in Heppens between Mühlenweg and oil jetty is, since a few weeks rubble piled high.

    For some time a company from Schortens is the second last block of the former workers at the camp Sudetenstrasse (now the oil jetty) cancel.

    It's the end of the fourth of five former U-shaped built residential blocks in which before and during the second World War II harbor workers were housed - but also "more than 500 Sudeten German refugees", as described by the city archivist Ulrich Räcker-Wellnitz, Councillor Dr Jens Graul in her book "The camp is more important than the wage" of workers' accommodation in Wilhelmshaven 1933 to 1945.

    Räcker-Wellnitz and Graul also cite sources indicating that the Sudetenstrasse during the war, "Italian fellow workers" lived and that the camp was celebrated Christmas 1941 with the participation of Dutch, Belgian and Flemish.

    Dieter has the Wilhelmshaven Pünjer from the nearby road going from Rudolf heimatgeschichtlichem interest the demolition work. He knows that in the now-demolished building, which must have belonged to Block 4, after the war was the first printing Baron, then a music and gymnastics school and later the company Mind Factory.

    Has acquired the remaining block of this camp Leer Anteus Jibs. Also still stood two other building sites, including two for Einfamlienhäuser, are available.






    Sincerely yours

    Hartmut Siefken

    Brune-Mettcker Druck- und Verlags-GmbH Wilhelmshaven
    Amtsgericht Oldenburg HRB 130585

Wilhelmstahl (US zone); Russian boy scout troops

    After the war, it housed Soviet soldiers and, possibly, civilians, being held in transit, and often involuntarily so, to the USSR. Besten. Alan Newark Leeds, UK

Wildflecken page 1, Wildflecken page 2 (U.S. Zone, mostly Polish, some Ukrainian)

    In October 1945, UNRRA took over camp Wildflecken. Within the camp five buildings were furnished as hospitals to fight disease. 15000 camp inhabitants were supplied with food. Medical care was secured by a unit of the former German Armed Forces (Wehrmacht). The unit had been captured by US Forces in 1945. 12 doctors and 50 nurses did their best to bring diseases like tuberculosis, heart conditions and deficiency disease under control. See more on: http://www.dp-camp-wildflecken.de/unra-english.htm

    Wildflecken museum http://www.comrades.de/rhoenkaserne/museum.htm

    US Army photos http://www.usarmygermany.com/USAREUR_Gallery4.htm

    A thousand Poles rioted in Wildflecken when Polish officers showed up to repatriate them. (Wyman, p.83)

    Memories of Wildflecken

    Gemeindeverwaltung Wildflecken
    Rathausplatz 1
    D-97772 Wildflecken
    E-mail: info@wildflecken.de

    City of Wildflecken www.wildflecken.de Official homepage of the "Marktgemeinde"

    Wildflecken is a town in the forrest region Rhoen. Camp Wildflecken had been a former Nazi camp and was turned into a camp for displaced persons later on. I am trying to find out more about my grandfather who served as an American soldier in the Wildflecken camp in 1945-46, that's why I came across your message. Greetings from Germany, Bettina Meister

    Kia ora Olga from New Zealand,
    I have recently learned of my father's background. I never knew of him or of his mother and father. It was a family secret of my father's side, well kept by my mother. I am searching for information on them. Aleksandrs (Alexander) HEMPELIS (my grandfather) born in 1910 in Riga, Latvia; died 1964 in Perth Australia. His father's name was Karlis HEMPELIS and mother's name, Olga Marie KLAIPIS. Both born in Latvia. Olga HEMPELIS nee KLAVINS married Aleksandrs in 1941 Riga, Latvia. Aleksandrs and Olga had my father, Imants Janis HEMPELIS, born at Eichstatt Germany in 1946 and a daughter, Silvija Hempelis, born at Ulm Germany 1948.

    All of them were at camp WILDFLECKEN until 1950 when they were sent to Australia aboard General Hersey from port Bremerhaven arriving Fremantle Australia. Also travelling with them was Olga's new partner Eduard STURIS.

    Any information where to look to find out who we were is again most appreciative. Please contact me at my email address: XCLUSIVEbyDAARHN@hotmail.com Sincerely, Daarhn Hempelis / New Zealand.

    1/5/06 Hi Olga,
    Browsing through your treasured pages I came across some pieces and pix about Wildflecken. I never visited the camp but have some connection with it. About March-April 1945, my brother's wife (Dr Katalin Dettre, nee Szarvas and her parents (Dr Andras Szarvas and Dr Ilonka Szarvas, all three of them medical doctors), drifted towards the west ahead of the approaching Soviet troops and ended up in Bavaria. Soon they fell into American hands (let there be no worse hands in the world ever...) and were taken to Wildflecken camp, engaged as doctors. My brother (Dr Gabor Dettre, also a medical director...) wasn't with them as he was a MO with a Hungarian army unit near the Balaton Lake. Now...Towards the end of 1945 or early 1946, my sister-in-law gave birth to a little girl at Wildflecken: she was named Klara (Hungarian for Claire). Her Godmother was a high ranking UNRRA officer, Kathryn Hulme. Later Ms Hulme returned to California and wrote a few books: one was called Wild Places (about Wildflecken), another The Nun's Story. I met Ms Hulme mid-1948 in Wurzburg, hoping that she could help me to the USA but the as the Hungarian quota was so very bad, I would have had to wait some years...I have no idea what happened to Ms Hulme later. My brother, his wife, her parents and even Klara Dettre have all died since. Now I am writing this to you in case any of your many readers met the Szarvas doctors or my former sister-in-law in that camp at Wildflecken. Regards Andrew email andrew.dettre@bigpond.com


Winklar (Lower Saxony-British)

Wittenau (French zone), Jews

Berlin-Wittenau is a suburb of Berlin and was situated in the French sector of Berlin. Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949

Winsen: http://www.winsen.de/internet/ -- There is no archive but this contact is:

Christian Riech http://www.winsen.de/internet/page.php?site=29&id=2000124
Rathaus Stadt Winsen (Luhe), Zimmer 2.10
Schlossplatz 1

21423 Winsen (Luhe)

Telefon: 04171 657-129

Fax: 04171 657-168

E-Mail: riech@stadt-winsen.de

    Municiple offices: Kurt-Schwitters Platz I, 26409 Wittmund
    Tel: 04462/983-0
    e-mail: rathaus@wittmund.kdo.de

Stadt archive e-mail to: Hier Klicken elke.luerkens@stadt.wittmund.de
or Tel.: 04462-983-220

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