Displaced Persons -

Salzburg DP Camp in Austria, 1945-

Salzburg; DP Hosp. (U.S. zone) - In the town of Salzburg were five DP camps:

      Riedenburg (Machne Yehuda) on the "Neutorstrasse, Ecke Moosstrasse."

      Camp Herzl (Franz-Josefs-Kaserne*) between Schrannengasse and Paris-London-Strasse.

      Camp Mülln 6 DP in Müllner Hauptstrasse 38.

      Beth (Beit) Bialik in the part of Salzburg, called Maxglan. See photos

      Beth Trumpeldor in the part of Salzburg, called Gnigl, and

      New Palestine (called later Parsch) in the Wiesbauerstrasse 9 in Salzburg-Parsch (Parsch is also the part of Salzburg)

      Other DP camps in the country (province) of Salzburg, outside the city of Salzburg were called:

        Puch bei Hallein and
        Lager** GIVAT AVODA (in the Wallnerkaserne) opened in summer 1946 in the small vollage called "Saalfelden" am Steinernen Meer.

      *Kaserne means barracks; **Lager means camp


    Salzburger Landesarchiv
    Michael-Packer-Str. 40, 5010 Salzburg
    Tel.: 0662/8042-4521 oder -4527
    Fax: 0662/8042-4661
    Postanschrift: Postfach 527,
    5010 Salzburg,
    website: http://www.land-sbg.gv.at/archiv/index.htm
    email: landesarchiv@salzburg.gv.at

    City Archive: Archiv der Stadt Salzburg mit Archiv des Salzburger Museums Carolino-Augusteum, Schloss,
    Museumsplatz 6,
    5010 Salzburg

    Erzbistum Salzburg, Konsistorialarchiv,
    Kapitelplatz 2,
    5010 Salzburg

    Erzabtei St. Peter, Archiv, St. Peter,
    Postfach 113,
    5010 Salzburg

    Universität Salzburg, Universitätsarchiv,
    Residenzplatz 1,
    Postfach 505,
    5010 Salzburg

    UNRRA/IRO Homes for Children

    Salzburg photos, http://www.stadt-salzburg.at

    Photos outside of Salzburg


    These Salzburg photos were contributed by Klaus Fohringer, Austria:

      Hotel Europa 1949
      Source: Austrian Picture Archives


    Entrance Hotel Europa 1949
    Source: Austrian Picture Archives

    Former Grand Hotel de l'Europe, 1932
    Source: Austrian Picture Archives (http://www.bidarchiv.at/)
      Hotel Europe DP camp area, 1999
    Source: municipality
      Alpenstrasse in winter
    Alpenstrasse Barracks 1957
    Source: Austrian database (www.aeiou.at)
      Alpenstrasse in winter 1950-55
    Source: Austrian database (www.aeiou.at)
    Alpenstrasse Baby Bed   Baby Carriage
    Alpenstrasse 1950er Wohnungselend
    Source: Austria-Lexikon

    Alpenstrasse 1957, Wohnung
    Source: Austria-Lexikon

    Salzburg Kurhaus   Rositten kassern 1953

    FL Salzburg Kurhaus bombed ruins
    Source: St. Gem

      Rosittenkaserne 1953
    Source: Austrian database (www.aeiou.at)
    Laschenskyhof   hotel Europe 1949

    Salzburg Laschenskyhof'
    Source: Saalfelden Municipality

      The rubble at Hotel Europa in 1949
    Austrian Picture Archives (http://www.bidarchiv.at/)

    Important history: 3,500 Ukrainians (2,000 Poles) protested with 5 days of hungar strikes, silent mourning, religious services and hymns prepared for martydom because 130 had been evicted from the camp for refusal to go before pro-Soviet screening commission to give info which may have endangered their loved ones back home. Screenings were cancelled (Wyman, p.59).,

    Some Ukrainian documentation at Shevchenko Scientific Society Library http://www.shevchenko.org/
    Jews were in Salzburg camp also.

Hi Olga,
I found your website about DP Camps in Austria and read it with great interest. I lived in Rositten Kasserne in Salzburg for five years, ending in August, 1951, when my family emigrated to the U.S. I was six years old at that time. I returned to Salzburg and found Rositten Str., and asked about a refugee camp in the area in the late 1940's and was told that there was indeed a camp at this site. It is now a very stylish townhouse complex.

I have memories of going to kindergarten in the camp and attending first grade at Reis Schule in Salzburg. Also, I recognize the names of Steiermark and Parsch, as my family told me that we also lived there at one time. If you have any info about Rositten Kaserne, I'd like to know. Thank You, Irmgard Kauk Spencer

Olyu....My mother, Salomea Drozdowska was in a displaced persons camp in Salzburg. She was from Ukraine...Lviv to be exact. Can you guide me on how I might find any information about my mother, who is now 94 years old and can't remember anything? I would truly be grateful for any advice you can give. I will be in Salzburg in November and would like to get whatever information I can then. Best regards.... Andriy J. Semotiuk, semotiuk@ aol.com


Hello Olga,

I am attaching scans of two watercolour sketches done in 1946 at Lager Parsch. These were brought to UK post-war by my late Austrian Mother-in-Law. As you can see the artist was quite accomplished. If you could point me towards any information regarding the artist or the time I would be most grateful, maybe one of your contacts would recognise them. One of the sketches shows what appears to be a memorial with Hohensalzburg in the background. The other shows an insect band which I find familiar - probably from my childhood.

Best Regards, David Harri, email: david@vertexplus.co.uk

Dear Olga, we are in desperate search for a woman that passed away several years ago in Alabama and took her past to the grave with her. She came to the States with someone else's papers and she told her daughter that she came from Schweitnitz Schlesien and her father and mother's name were Robert and Katharine Koch. We have searched and can't find nothing. We know that she must have lived in Salzburg, Austria in 1946-47 at one time and been to a camp as we have a photo of her standing what it looks like a camp house with her soon-to-be husband (American soldier) and an older couple. I am enclosing the picture to see if anyone can recognize it. I hope you can help us. Her children are searching desperately for her past. Hope to hear from you.
Thank you, Karin Hack Thrasher
email: omaopa4@bellsouth.net

4/5/11 wrote:

Bonjour Madame
J'ai découvert à la mort de papa, des lettres d'un monsieur GRESNOW Alex
il vivait avec sa famille au camp numéro 7 à Salzburg (juin 1949)
 je pense que le petit enfant sur la photo de Saalfeden est son fils :j'ai une photo ou la ressemblance est frappante. Mon papa Ivan Kononow était Ukrainien il a était fait prisonnier à Dnipropetrovk en mai 1942 il avait 16 ans A la libération des camps ( il ne nous a jamais dit ou il était détenu ) il s'est engagé dans la légion étrangère à Innsbruck sous le nom de komonoff Valentin d'origine Polonaise J'ai des documents que j'aimerai partager , j'aimerai beaucoup retrouver des gens qui l'on connu ,ainsi que alex GRESNOW et Alex KAGASECHEK qui l'a suivit à la légion je vous remercie pour tout ce travail que vous faites ;vous donnez envie de retrouver ses origines

Computer Translation to English:
Hello Madam J' discovered with death of dad, letters of a Mr GRESNOW Alex he lived with his family with the camp number 7 in Salzburg (June 1949)  I think that the small child on the photograph of Saalfeden is his son: j' have a photograph and the resemblance is striking. My dad Ivan Kononow was Ukrainian he was made prisoner with Dnipropetrovk in May 1942 when he was 16 years old. With the release of the camps (it us forever known as or it was held) he was engaged in the foreign legion with Innsbruck under the name of Komonoff Valentine of origin Polonaise J' have documents that j' will like to divide, j' will like much to find people who l' one known, like Alex GRESNOW and Alex KAGASECHEK who l' has followed to the legion I thank you for all this work which you made; you give desire for finding its origins

Alain HEYRAUD helainheyraud@wanadoo.fr


RE: Archpriest Vitaly Sahaydakivsky,

My grandmother was a Polish DP of Ruthenian ethnicity who met her husband in a Salzburg DP camp. They were married in 1947 in an Orthodox Christian wedding conducted by Archpriest Vitaly Sahaydakivsky, who was later an important figure in the Ukrainian Church in America. I am trying to track down their marriage certificate, if you have any ideas about how to do this I would be very grateful! All my very best,

Follow up: 8/11/2017

Thank you for your kind reply. I wrote to the Landesarchiv a few days ago, and they told me to write to the Salzburg Standesamt (civil registry), who then told me that if it was an Orthodox wedding, I should write to either the Romanian or the Russian church in Salzburg. So I found an email address for the Russian church and have written to them, although I'm not certain whether Fr. Vitaly Sahaydakivsky would have been within the ROCOR jurisdiction in 1947 -- he later helped found a Ukrainian church in America which I think was independent of the official UOC (http://orthodoxhistory.org/2011/03/15/bishop-joseph-zuk-a-brief-biographical-overview/#comment-1348).

This is the email address I used: standesamt@stadt-salzburg.at

Full address:

STADT:SALZBURG Magistrat, Einwohner- und Standesamt
Mirabellplatz 4
Postfach 83
5024 Salzburg
Tel: +43 662 8072 3513
Fax: +43 662 8072 2060
Web: www.stadt-salzburg.at

Alexis A

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