Displaced Persons Research Links, U - Z

Ukrainians American history books refuse to acknowlege that Ukraine was in WWII. Experiment for yourself. Pick up any WWII books in the library, go to the index and search for Ukraine or Ukrainian. Almost nothing!

The most comprehensive history of Ukraine in World War II can be found on these amazing pages: http://www.infoukes.com/history/ww2/ . All Ukrainians should read this. About the Author: Andrew Gregorovich is a third generation Canadian who heard the war on the radio. Educated at McMaster University and the University of Toronto, he has been a department head in the University of Toronto Library system for over 30 years. A past Chairman of the Toronto Historical Board, he is a member of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and is on the Academic Board of the University of Toronto. He is Editor of FORUM Ukrainian Review. This album includes photographs of the various Ukrainian DP sports clubs in Germany that were overseen by the Ukrainian Council for Physical Culture. Sports clubs represented include those from DP camps in Augsburg, Aschaffenburg, Mittenwald, Neu-Ulm, Bayreuth, Waiern, Ettlingen, Regensburg, Ellwangen, Bamberg, Karlsruhe, Berchtesgaden, and Rottenburg.

Ukrainians Institute of Ukrainian Studies in Canada; University of Alberta


Internet Encyclopedia of Ukraine - read about the early Trypilian culture [early 5400--3500 BC]. , the Neolithic Period [early 3500--2750 BC] and copper age [early 2750--2250 BC] in Ukraine. Very, very interesting.


The Ukrainian Problem website in German

http://www.geschichtsatlas.de/~ga2/repuk.htm rough computer translation:
Repatriation of the DPs to their homelands was falling apart. Particularly, the western military stood helpless before this problem, since they could not interpret this phenomenon with their own historical and political experiences. A group of DPs, which claimed themselves as Ukrainian, and not Soviet, Polish, Romanian nor Czech nationalities, or as the owners from Nansen passports the Vorkriegszeit, were officially stateless. The classification of nationality under the formal relationship between individual and government authority on the one hand and the nationality according to the self understanding of this person's group adjusting classification, on the other hand, threw the standardized system of the repatriating in doubts. The responsible persons of the US zone decided in 1945, Ukrainians were not to be recognized as an own nationality. At the same time, the British administration didn't recognize the Ukrainian nationality. At the end of of 1945, The UNRRA followed the American vote and pointed out that UNNRA was not authorized to make decisions, but only see to the welfare of the the Ukrainian DPs. The breakdown about nationalities, set by powers, adapted the problem to the categories of the administrative law, under which the DPs was posed, possessed for the concerning however no reassuring character, but schuerte their fear of an obligation forced workers repatriation after assignment of the Soviet nationality. The Ukrainian DPs expressed fear in returning to the homeland under the Russian rule, preferring to remain in the respective zones, in Germany. They felt that the Russians would regard it as collaborators and they would sent either to a prison nearby or to Siberia. The fact that this fear was not unauthorized turned out toward at the end of 1946 already, when of the fact was reported that Ukrainians of Polish origin were pushed away from Germany by authorities and forced into the Soviet Union.

On 3/30/12 "schlega.a@kabelmail.de" <schlega.a@kabelmail.de> wrote:

Yes Olga ....even now after my trip into Ukraine and Russia, these DP's are looked upon as traitors. They got out and had it better than ones who stayed basically.

Why did they stay in Germany: well, what I understand talking to these survivors, is that two reasons stick out: One they all wanted to go home or get out, far away.

Closest to home was Germany but was too close to the Soviets. Unfortunately, due to sickness (TB) most were not allowed to travel to another country to work. So most of the ones that had to stay, were in fact the poorest and the weakest. One can see this with their churches and belongings. In England & most countries farther away, property was bought. In Germany, only rented.

The ones who volunteered to stay close by, were waiting for a chance to go home. Like my father and a few I knew like him, they all had wives and family back in Ukraine. Their ambition was to get back, but without landing in a Gulag. They were waiting for the upcoming war with the Soviets, but it turned out a long cold war instead of a bloody one.






Ukrainian papers in Polish Archives

Korespondencja z rodzina, (1939-1940). Korespondencja w sprawie pomocy dla uchodzęców. Wymiana listów z instytucjami w Stanach Zjednoczonych (1941-1942).
T.2. Korespondencja z w?adzami amerykanęskimi w sprawie zezwolenia na pobyt i uzyskania obywatelstwa. Listy braci: Karola, Antoniego, Jana, ciotki Zofii Lanckoronęskiej (1942-1949). Zaproszenia ze strony Komitetu Narodowego Amerykanów Polskiego Pochodzenia, Ko?a Oficerów Rezerwy w Nowym Jorku.
T.3. Korespondencja w sprawie pomocy charytatywnej, zaproszenia itd. Korespondencja do cz?onków rodziny (1945-1946).
T.4. Korespondencja - sprawy urze, dowe i osobiste (1946-1947).
T.5. Korespondencja, m.in. z Waclawem Potockim w Montresor, Adamem i Iza, Zamoyskimi, Zofia, Janowa, Tarnowska, oraz w sprawach pomocy charytatywnej (1948-1949).
T.6. Korespondencja - sprawy prywatne i rodzinne (1949-1950, 1957).


Brama website: Ukrainian disporal links Subtelny talks about DP camps

"On the last day of the war in Europe, some 20 million foreigners found themselves stranded in Germany and Austria (students, forced / slave laborers on farms or in factories, death camp inmates, etc.). More than 2 million (roughly 10%) of the foreigners were Ukrainians, and all but 200,000-220,000 of these returned either by force or willingly to what by then was the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic. The majority of those who remained were concentrated in Bavaria in southern Germany. " From an article by Orest Subtelny, Professor of History and Political Science, York University, Ukrainian Museum e-mail: info@UkrainianMuseum.org


Ukrainian Museum



Harvard Ukrainian Studies,

Inquiries concerning the journal, please contact Tymish Holowinsky holowins@fas.harvard.edu.


Ukrainian photography

site of Youry Bilak -- Panaramic views of St. Sophia Cathedral, St. Andrew's Church, Opera of Kiev, Opera of Lviv, Independence Square, Kiev, and more. Very beautiful.


Ukraine Report 2004

News three times a week. If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please send us an e-mail: ArtUkraine.com@starpower.net
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Ukrainian News E-POSHTA

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Ukraine GenWeb - Bibliography for Ukrainian and Eastern European Genealogy



Ukrainian Museum Archive in Cleveland
1202 Kenilworth Avenue Cleveland, OH 44113, Tel: 216.781.4329


The exhibit commemorates the 60th anniversary of The Displaced Persons Commission Act signed by President Harry S. Truman on June 25, 1948. More than 100,000 Ukrainians benefited from this act of the 80th Congress of the United States when they immigrated to the United States. During four years of its existence, the Commission created by this act was able to process, transport, and provide visas for 370,000 persons, allowing them to enter the United States.

During World War II people arrived in Germany as a result of turmoil, persecution, and political upheaval. Nazi soldiers came to cities and villages and transported people to Germany forcing them into slave labor to replace their depleted workforce, while others were imprisoned in concentration camps. Many people wished to escape the Soviet regime and made their way to Austria and Germany as refugees.


Migdal Jewish Museum in Odessa -The website has an extensive description of the contents of the museum in addition to other information.

    website: http://english.migdal.ru/museum
    e-mail: museum@migdal.ru


Dictionary of the Ukrainian language VI century




4/3/12 Olga,

I just heard a segment about Orwell and his preface to a Ukrainian edition of his book "Animal Farm", which I gather many Ukrainians related to. Thought you might be interested if you are not already familiar with it.


Silvia S iwaninok@hotmail.com


Library of New York posted a unique map of Galicia and Bukovina 18th century
Tuesday, 12 January 2016,

"Reporter" continues to acquaint with unique documents of the New York Public Library. Recall the other day it laid out in free access to more than 670,000 images. Published scans thousands of manuscripts, maps, photographs, music recordings, postcards and many other images. Among them - hundreds of documents about Ukraine.

By topic. Library of New York has posted photographs unique inhabitants of the Carpathians 1920 http://report.if.ua/istoriya/arhivamy-nyu-jorkskoyi-biblioteky-unikalni-svitlyny-ukrayinciv-zrobleni-francuzom-u-kinci-19-stolittya-foto/

"A new map of the Kingdom of Galicia and Bukovina Lodomeria of the District" (Carte Nouvelle des Royaumes de Galizie et Lodomerie, avec le District de Bukowine). As noted in the description of the card, it created in the eighteenth century, issued in Augsburg.

By topic. Archives of the New York Library. Ukrainian unique photographs made by French in the late 19th century (PHOTO) http://report.if.ua/istoriya/biblioteka-nyu-jorka-vyklala-unikalni-svitlyny-meshkanciv-karpat-1920-h-rokiv-foto/

Click on the image to view the map in their original quality (JPG).


Digitized unique document in 2013. Recently, it is freely available on the Internet at incredible printing quality.

Card format TIFF (about 100 MB) can be downloaded at this link .



United Kingdom 1947 Polish people, homeless because of the War, are invited to come to UK
1948 British Nationality Act, gave citizenship to people from ex-colonies First immigrant ships arrive from the Caribbean
1949 Royal Commission on Population report, argues that immigrants should be encouraged only if they are of "good human stock"
Timeline of Ethnic Minorities in Britain

Moota POW camp in UK

Island Farm Priosoner of War Camp: 198 /Special Camp: XI Bridgend, South Wales.

Fun old photo archives: http://www.stevebulman.f9.co.uk/cumbria/archive_index.html German WWI 1914-1918 POWs were held at Delamere Grange and were used to fell timber for and to transport timber to Saw Mills near Cuddington Railway Station

United States NARA National Archives Declassified records impersonal files

Records of the Army Staff (RG 319)

BOX 15 Declassified File NND 871040 No. File XE020846 Name Displaced Persons Statistics Vols. I-II

BOX 17 File No. 66333886 File Name List of Organizations Inimical to the United States:DP Act 48

BOX 23 Declassified NND 881043 File No. XE182853 File Name Azonder, Anti Communist Liberation Movement of the Peoples of Russia 10 July 1948 thru 10 Aug 1953 Vol. II

Box 34 Declassifie NND 853121 no file number File Name: Displaced Person Camps December 1945 - January 1949NND 853121 no number Displaced Person Camps December 1945 - January 1949

Records of the Displaced Persons Commission [DPC] (Record Group 278) 1948-52

Displaced persons act of 1948 - this act brought Ukrainian immigrants into the USA (Olga Kaczmar included).

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum - Unfortunately, this site doesn't recognize Ukrainains as victims.

    The Registry to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., since April 1993, accepts the names of survivors from all backgrounds living all over the world. Although the official name of the Registry is still "The Benjamin and Vladka Meed Registry of Jewish Holocaust Survivors," they have expanded the definition of survivor to include any person, regardless of religion or ethnicity - who was displaced, persecuted, and/or discriminated against by the racial, religious, ethnic, and political policies of the Nazis and their allies between 1933 and 1945.




    second generation survivors: http://www.ushmm.org/remembrance/registry/forms/gen_update.pdf

Americans for Legal Immigration Alipac

USAFE United States Air Force Humanitarian Operations 1945-1997

US Army:

THE CONSTABULARY at Ordensburg 1946-1952

Please visit US Constabulary and U.S.Army in Germany

Memories of the U.S. Army

"Military government duties were new, complex, and confusing, but somehow order was restored from that first existing chaos. The batteries settled down to extended guard duties, a daily struggle with DPs, the non-fraternization problem, the burgo-meister and the German language.

Headquarters Battery was assigned the city of Schneidlingen and Bornecke; Battery "A" Tartun, Unseburg, Nunsleben; Battery "B" Hakeborn', Battery "C", Schadeleben and -Nachterstedt; Service Battery, Cochstedt.

Extensive preparations were made for the care, feeding, sheltering and shipping of Displaced Persons. The problems, numerous and varied at first, were handled with the Finesse of a Charge 7 in repelling a counter-attack, then gradually modified as the artillerymen developed tact and a highly improved social technique.

Nazi slogans disappeared from the walls, rubble was cleared up and stones piled neatly along the walls. A few SS were flushed from hiding, arms caches uncovered in out of the way places and two crew members from a crashed German plane were put under arrest. Hostility softened in civilian faces - German kids clustered around ..."More of the 324 Field Artillery

"As the days passed the squadron ammunition dumps became larger and the maps more heavily marked with chinagraph. Patrols roamed the area in an attempt to control Displaced Persons (formerly German slave labour of many nationalities). These had become the vagabonds of Germany, eating, sleeping, and taking revenge as they wished. In an attempt to control this gypsy life the Ems River was made a stop line where all D.P's attempting to cross were diverted to proper reception camps and preparations were made to seal off Germany by closing the Dutch/German frontier."..."more FDR Library & Museum photos of WW II soldiers and victims

Witnesses and their histories

Timewitnesses.org War stories from witnesses

Wikipedia - has a lot of good info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Displaced_persons_camp

"After the rapid retreat of the Germans the countryside was filled with hundreds of POWs from every Allied nationality including Americans. Added to these were DPs from every country overrun by the German Army - Poles, Ukrainians, Lithuanians, French, Italians, etc. had been brought to Germany as slave labor and forced to live in DP compounds under miserable conditions. These people had existed by looting after breaking out of the camp, abandoned by the retreating Germans. This situation continued throughout Germany until the end of the war and for weeks thereafter. Later on, one of our troops 'adopted' an Italian cook and soon after war's end Group Hq 'inherited' two comely Ukrainian sisters as maids with a strict understanding among us that there would be no 'hanky-panky.'"101st Cavalry in WWII

World War II - Miscellaneous

War Letters of the Second World War

Research Projects of the Second World War

Tribute to the veterans of World War II: Before you go - http://www.managedmusic.com/beforeyougo.html

Vintage photos after WWII: http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/10/world-war-ii-after-the-war/100180/

Yugoslavian Refugee camps


    NARA Declassified records
    BOX 26 Declassified NND 853125 File No. ZA021041 File Name Yugoslavia Miscellaneous, Vols. 1-3

    Box 31 Declassified NND 856016 File No. 02/004145 File Name Yugoslav Crisis January-July 1948 Vol. 1

    Declassified NND 921178 File # ZF010403 File Name: Yugoslavia Activities in Austria


Lots of Yugoslavia links: http://www.theatrelibrary.org/sibmas/idpac/institutions/st.html

Photo at right: Emaciated children at an unidentified concentration camp in Croatia Yugoslavia.[Photograph #46586] Circa 1942 - 1945 Photographer: Unknown Copyright: Agency Agreement (No Fees)

Emails for those who want to stay in touch
For your dedication to this project, you have alerted many people as too how much has happened that people don't even know about. I wasn't aware of so many dp camps. What a monster Hitler became and was able to pull off so much tragedy. And he almost succeeded in wiping many nationalities off the face of this earth. With all the work you have done, more people are coming forth with their stories. More will surface as more people become involved in their family background and are not afraid to speak up. Thank you dear sister.
Dear Olga,
Thank you so much for giving me the website, dpcamps.org. It's fantastic!
Corinne Musto

Hi Olga, just a note to say I visited your website again and found much much useful information about the camps. You're doing good work that many people need to see. I sent your link to a friend who was born in the camps in '43 and came to the states in '49.

John Z. Guzlowski
Dept. of English Eastern Illinois University
Charleston, IL 61920

Thank you. I've already checked out some of the links. I'll be sending out links to your great website to some of my friends who are also DPs. I misplaced the e-mail address of one person who contacted me several years ago -- he said he couldn't find much information about the DP camps he was in; I believe he was Latvian. I hope he finds your website! Best, Maryann W. Zakarpattia - Transcarpathian Ukraine

Sept. 4, 2014
I just returned to Uzhgorod Sunday, started adding new pages. I’ve also included hundreds of photos I hope you will enjoy, as well as some video and audio recordings of Rusyn folk songs and Prostopinije “plainchant” hymns from Greek Catholic services. Christopher Gajda christopher.gajda@yahoo.com http://chrisgoestoukraine.blogspot.com

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