Displaced Persons -

Düsseldorf DP camp


Düsseldorf / Duesseldorf; Land Niedersachsen (British zone), #41/182 DPAC 182, DPACS 67, DPACS 41, DPACS 67/41; Jews, Belarus

    City archives Stadtarchiv
    Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf
    Heinrich-Ehrhardt-Strasse 61
    40468 Düsseldorf
    Tel: 0211. 89 95 737
    Email: stadtarchiv@stadt.duesseldorf.de

    Information: Dr. Elisabeth Scheeben Tel: 0211. 89 94 485
    Email: elisabeth.scheeben@stadt.duesseldorf.de

    Landesarchiv NRW Hauptstaatsarchiv Düsseldorf
    Mauerstrasse 55
    40476 Düsseldorf
    Tel.: +49 211 22065-0
    Fax: +49 211 22065 55-501
    E-Mail: hsa@lav.nrw.de

    Archiv des Diakonischen Werkes der Evangelischen Kirche im Rheinland
    Lenaustr. 41
    40470 Düsseldorf
    Phone: (0211) 6398-272
    Fax: (0211) 6398-299

    Dear Olga,
    Your dpcamps page was interesting. Thank you. Dad came from Belarus (early in the war) and was a military POW. As neither Polish, Belarus / Russian or Lithuanian armies can tell me of him, I should like to find his record of capture in Germany to establish whom he served and when and where he was captured. My dad was in Dusseldorf for a time as well. Mum and dad married in Dusseldorf. Where in Germany can I access or request this information, for as you say the Einwanderungszentrale of Nazi Germany had information on all who came into their grasp. Yours truly, Terese Umbras Fehlberg / Australia

    7/18/2011 Hi Olga,
    I was wondering if you could post this photo on your site. I'm currently
    doing research into my family (grandmother and grandpops) as I'm
    illustrating a book about my grandma's early life. She was deported to
    Germany in 1940 where she worked as a housekeeper on a farm and then was
    in many DP camps from 1945 until 1949 . They came to Melbourne,
    Australia on the Nelly and settled there - I grew up in Melbourne but
    currently live in Spain. I have the transcript of my Grandma's
    experiences but now that she has passed I am trying to fill in many
    gaps, especially about my grandpops who died many years before her.

    I have no idea when the photo attached was taken but perhaps you or
    someone who views your site could tell me what the text says and who
    these gentlemen might be and what the group is representing? My Pops is
    in the 2nd row from the top, 4th from the left wearing the bow tie -
    with his hand on the below gentlemen's shoulder. I'm hoping this photo
    could shed some more light on his history. I believe the second word on
    the left plaque is "Ukraine" and the coat of arms [Ukrainian truzub trident*] is there so perhaps
    it's a political group. [Olga's comment: represents their solidarity with Ukraine]

    I have also attached some papers we had, I have found my grandma's birth
    town in the Ukraine (Poland in 1924) but am unclear exactly if my Pops
    was born in Berezhany / Brzezany, Ukraine, because he was in fact - we
    believe - Ukrainian not Polish as the documents state. My grandmother
    claimed fervently she was Ukrainian to the point where she once refused
    to wear the Polish "P" badge during the war and told the SS to find her
    the Ukrainian badge! They could speak Polish however and these papers we
    have are all written by Germans so the spellings and nationality were as
    they decided or understood. There is however many Brzezina names in
    Poland so I would love to hear your or anyone elses thoughts on the
    issue. I do believe this photo seems to point to the fact he was proudly

    I plan to give the book I am creating to my family (my uncle and aunt
    now living in Australia were both born in DP camps in Germany) and also
    to my grandparents great grandchildren so that they will always know and
    remember their heritage and what my grandparents went through to give
    them such a fortunate life in Australia. I would be happy to send you a
    pdf copy when finished if you are interested?

    I hope you or a viewer might be able to help.

    Many thanks,
    Miranda Warren mj@mirandajean.com

    Olga's comments:

    Those from the Polish side of Ukrainian had to were a P; those from the Russian side had to wear O (Ost - East).

    Ukraine was split in the first World War - Poland getting the smaller half, Russia getting the bigger chunk. Poland did a lot of ethnic cleansing to rid Ukrainians out of Poland and into Russia (based on Yalta Agreement). It went very badly for the Ukrainians.



    Olga's notes: *"The Trident, a 3-prong spear, has been the Ukrainian national emblem can be seen on a coin dating to the reign of Volodymyr in the 10th century."...from The Ukrainians in American by Myron B Kuropas

      On the left Slava Ukraine (Glory to Ukraine)
      CERoda .Slava Can't read second line

      Sign on right can't read first line
      Provid? Can't read second line
      Click to enlarge


    Dusseldorf ID card 1Dusseldorf ID card 2Click to enlarge
    Tishler Antoni Cap


    marriage certificateClick to enlarge Heiratsurkunde - marriage certificate of Cap

    Pops Miranda's grandfather circled.Write to Miranda if you recognize your family members in this photo.

    Click to enlarge

    July 19, 2011 Hi Olga,

    Thank you kindly for your help and the web page and links. Your notes
    are excellent and already help enlighten us on our family history.
    Having the opportunity to post this information is wonderful and I hope
    the information can help more people too.

    I've attached a couple more photos, my Aunt seems to think these were
    taken in Cologne. My grandparents definitely moved through at least 4 camps -
    a transcript excerpt from my Grandmother - "I don’t why they moved us,
    they moved us all the time, they came with the truck, an American truck...
    Dusseldorf, Millhanruan [Mülheim an der Ruhr]...moving all around....
    in one room, you have one big room, three or four families lived in that room.
    ...Chesa was born in Brauweiler and Stefan in Duisburg." They all are very
    close in location - except Brauweiler.

    Pops in GermanyClick to enlarge Pops Steps

    I know she lived during the war near Köln as she spoke of bombing and
    air raids there. When she was pregnant with Chesa in 1945 she recalled
    returning to her old "boss" to visit. She was given food, a pram and
    clean children's clothes and nappies. (She was very lucky to be cared
    well for by her German household, her boss treated her like a daughter.)
    She said you weren't supposed to bring anything back into the camps but
    the guards at the gate didn't mind if you chatted with them and didn't
    try to hide anything.

    I have also attached the ID travel card which says they left Germany
    from Bad Salzuflen. I know the boat stopped in Naples, Italy, 21 August
    and arrived in Melbourne, 15 Sep 1949. I have found 2 files within the
    Australian National archives.

    Many thanks again,
    Miranda mj@mirandajean.com

    Travel docs to Australia


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