Displaced Persons -
A little background:
1943: Italy: During World War II, Sicily was the scene of heavy fighting. The Allies launched an invasion from North African bases on July 9-10, 1943. Patton landed forces at Licata and Gela and Montgomery landed at several places south of Syracuse. By the end of the year, the Fascists (those who supported Mussolini between 1922-1943) were overthrown and Italy joined the Allies. The Nazis still held central and northern Italy.
1945: New nation of Italy is formed. Sicily becomes one of five autonomous regions (1946). A new constitution adopted in 1947.
1949: Italy joins the NATO alliance.
25 camps in 1948, some listed here. If you have any camps or information to add, e-mail me.
Adriatic - http://www.ushmm.org/search/results/?q=Adriatic http://www.ushmm.org/search/results/?q=Adriatic
Acerra now has its own page
Bagnoli now has its own page. - Hungarians, Ukrainians;
Archives: ARCHIVIO DI STATO DI BARI
Via L. Bissolati 3
phone: 080 502 4860
fax: 080 502 4870
10/6/04 Dear Olga,
I'm looking for news about DP CAMP in Barletta (Bari) during Second World War. Can you help me? thank you Angelo Torre
11/3/04 Hello Olga,
My parents and grandparents weren't in a DP camp in Judenburg. They were actually living with farmers whose sons were fighting the war for the Nazis. It is fascinating, however, to know that there were DP camps there. When my parents were "freed" from Judenburg in 1945 they were taken to Italy, eventually ending up in a DP camp in Barletta. My father enlisted in the Polish army under British command (Anders army), while my mother and her family lived in the DP camp. We have photos from that period. My parents were married in Barletta in 1945 and I was born in Trani in an army hospital in 1946. My grandfather was the head representative for the camp. His name was Stanislaw Czurylo. I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to find your website. Thank you so much for suggesting the Austrian Archives. I will let you know what I find out. I am researching my family's WW II history with the objective of writing a book. Jane Hikel Coordinator, Writing Center, English Department, Central Connecticut State University
We stayed at that DP Camp for a short time, and then boarded the US NS GENERAL M.B. STEWART, from Bremenhaven, Germany, on Dec. 20th 1951, and arrived in N.Y., N.Y. on Jan. 2, 1952, The escort Officer was Lt. Crl. (Ret) A. Duncan Johnstone, MBE. ED....is there anyway to find out the name of the German DP Camp? I have the entire ship manifest of all the passengers (all DP's) my family is listed as "stateless", any info you can help me with would be appreciated. Thank you Anna Lewis email@example.com Soldotna, Alaska
Nov 26, 2013 Hi Olga
I finally got my father to write a bit about his life.
He mentioned that he spent some time in a refugee camp in Cremona Italy in the later stages of 1957.
I came across your site but could not find any info on that camp.
He is Croatian and he escaped from Yugoslavia to Ancona (Italy) before being transferred to Cremona.
Do you have any info on that camp in Cremona?
Edward Kovacev Edward.Kovacev@geelongcollege.vic.edu.au
Footage 1944 - http://www.criticalpast.com/products/location_history/Eboli_Italy/1940/1944
Photos - http://www.wwiithenandnow.com/index.php/italy/salerno-operation-avalanche/eboli
Book: Christ Stopped at Eboli (Italian: Cristo si e fermato a Eboli) is a memoir by Carlo Levi, published in 1945, giving an account of his exile from 1935-1936 to Grassano and Aliano, remote towns in southern Italy, in the region of Lucania which is known today as Basilicata. In the book he gives Aliano the invented name 'Gagliano'.
"The title of the book comes from an expression by the people of 'Gagliano' who say of themselves, 'Christ stopped short of here, at Eboli' which means, in effect, that they feel they have been bypassed by Christianity, by morality, by history itself—that they have somehow been excluded from the full human experience." Levi explained that Eboli, a location in the region of Campania to the west near the seacoast, is where the road and railway to Basilicata branched away from the
Feb 15, 2014
There is a new book with lots of information about the DP camp of Eboli, Italy 1945 -1947. Although it was publlshed in Australia, payment via paypal and transport was no problem. Really a recommandation. There also is a list with the names of all the people who died in the camp. My grandmother is on there, too.
Book: "After World War II the town of Eboli in southern Italy was the site of one of the largest refugee camps, housing members of the Royal Yugoslav Army and their families. Eboli Camp 1945-1947 a photographic history, records everyday life in this camp of 14,000 inhabitants."http://books.google.com/books/about/Eboli_Camp_1945_1947.html?id=MHekZwEACAAJ
Also titled: Eboli Logor 1945-1947 =? Eboli Camp 1945-1947 : u fotogrijama =? a photographic history /? Nikola Lukich and Stavrophor Sasa Radoic?ic´.
Emilia- See Regio
Fermo near Ancona, Croatians
See Rimini (Italy page 2) for archives address.
Grugliasco near Turin
Sept 27, 2012 Dear Olga,
I have returned to your website again and again & my gratitude to you for all your effort. The attached photos are from a DP camp in Florence, Italy. The DP camp was called "Kibbutz Ha'Oved." The residents all Jewish Holocaust survivors so far as I know; among them my parents, who were among the Holocaust survivors from the eastern side of Poland, some times referred to as "she'e'ray ha'playtah (the remnant).
In all my years of research have never succeeded in locating anyone who is familiar with this DP camp(s) in Florence.
So far I have been able to determine that my parents arrived in Italy c. January, 1946. Still haven't been able to determine what route, how they got there, fleeing Ukraine.
1) Women who gave birth while at Kibbutz Ha'oved; woman standing at the far right is my mother, Leah Zakusky
2) My father, Pinchas Zakusky, 6th person on left from foreground 3) Moshe Zakusky, born in Florence 3/23/46 (my brother) 4) Chanukah party, residents Kibbutz Ha'oved (unidentified), December 17 Florence
My parents' address while in this DP camp was "Delasem, via Lamamorra #36, Firenze". Their names were Leah and Pinchas Zaksusky (later - Zaks). DELASEM means "Delegation for Assistance to Hebrew Emigres" Thank you so much!!
Elaine Zaks, M.S.W., M.Ed. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jesi near Ancona
Any information you can come up with would be a GREAT help! I am trying to put the pieces together for him since he cannot remember too much about his time there. Thank You in advance for any help! Sincerely, Jo Ann Hutchison
Naples, Resettlement area;
Archives: Archivio di Stato di Napoli
Piazzetta Grande Archivio 5
phone: 081 20 4594 or 081 20 4491
fax: 081 20 4046
Months ago I asked you for help in finding relatives of my parents Mykola Jemeljanenko and Weronika Alpina and I am very grateful to you for your advice. I have finally received information from the archives that you suggested. They were Ukrainian but living in Poland before WW2. My father lived in Maciejew and my mother in Lipno. During the war they were sent to Germany. My father was sent to Duisburg in 1943 then Nordhurn in 1945 then in 1946 to Bathurn Lingen DP Camp until 1948. My mother was in Datel Recklinghausen then Haltern, Muenster DP camps then worked at 18DPACS in Muenchen-Gladbach until 1948. I would appreciate it if you could give more information on those places. They migrated to Australia separately in 1950, My mother from Naples in Italy my father from Bremen, Germany so there is 2 years that they do not account for. Could you please place this on your web site again please Olga? Thank you in anticipation. Yours Sincerely, Anna McClure nee Jameljanenko. Contact me at email@example.com. / Australia
2/25/05 Dear Olga,
I am currently researching my family history, but l am not having much luck and have just struck your fantastic website. My wife's grandparents were born in Poland and during WW2 ended up in concentration camps, l do know that they went to Naples, Italy and boarded a ship for Australia known as the USAT "Gen.C.C.Ballou" and that the port of Disembarkation was Sydney on the 29 April 1949, and that their intended address in N.S.W was to be Bathurst. Could you please help me find some more information on this couple as we would really like to know what concentration camps they were in during the war, and where they were when they first came to Australia.
Photos of Naples: http://bob.ucsc.edu/slides/decou/naples1.html
World War II POW MIA: http://darbysrangers.tripod.com/id67.htm
Photos available at Weisenthal museum: http://darbysrangers.tripod.com/id67.htm
"...the Germans took occupancy from 1940 to 1943. As the fortunes of war changed, so did the residents, and the Allied Armies used the facilities from 1943 to 1945. After the war, from 1945, the post was used by various refugee organizations to house displaced persons until 1952 when it was returned to the Foundation Bank of Naples. CINCSOUTH's Headquarters moved into the post in 1953." http://www.afsouth.nato.int/releases/1999releases.htm
Nov 27, 2013 Hello Olga,
I found your very valuable site dpcamps and I am searching any information about my grandfather Danilo Jaksic. He was in Italy in Eboli or Naples Camp 1944-1946. He's name is Danilo Jaksic, he is Serbian and is in 1903. (Javor, Serbia) born.
I tried to contact Archives Napoli (Naples) and Red Cross Eboli in Italy but they speak fairly English. Do you have any person or email-address from Naples or Eboli archives that I can communicate with. Thank you very much!
Nenad Jaksic firstname.lastname@example.org
Archives: Archivio di Stato di Reggio Calabria
Argine destro Annunziata 59,61
89100 Reggio Calabria
phone: 096 54 2056
fax: 096 533 0239
Rimini, has its own page.
Rome - Outside Rome, ORT worked primarly in two large camps- in Cinecitta and Grottaferrata.
I chanced across your website while searching fruitlessly for information about my uncle and aunt Mr Josef Orbach & Mrs Mala (Malka) Orbach [nee Gishen].
Josef was a Bundist leader and I believe ran a DP camp or communa near Rome. If I’m not mistaken he told me that he had had an audience with the Pope. He was originally from Sosnowiec, Poland, but moved to Grodno where he married and had 2 children. His wife and children were killed in Grodno and he fled to the partisans. He was captured and sent to Aushwitz [I don’t know his number, but I believe he was mistaken for a Pole].
Mala was born in Vilna. I think she spent time in Kaiserwald. She didn’t go to a death camp and survived to also finish up in Italy. There I believe she was in a Zionist DP camp before she met her future husband.
Any info you could help me find on their stay in Italy would be greatly appreciated.
Leon Orbach email@example.com
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