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Cammer (British zone)
Cappel - 2 zones (British zone)
Celle, #2511, Land
Niedersachsen (British zone) Stadtarchiv Celle
Westerceller Str. 4
Tel: 0 51 41 - 93 60 00
Fax: 0 51 41 - 9 36 00 29
Dear Ms Olga,
I came upon your wonderous site and thought you might help me out with a strange WWII situation. Can you help me find a US Army internment camp in Germany for Japanese POWs?
My father (Dr. Soichi Nogami) was the leading Japanese diplomat who was tasked with taking 82 persons into a "safe" zone from Italy. Italy was being liberated by the Allied forces and the Japanese Ambassador was in contact wth the US Army command in Germany about diplomatic haven for the Japanese Embassy staff and families.
Germany was already pacified but the Pacific theater was still going on; therefore the Japanese Ambassador sought out US sector as a safe place for the embassy personnel. This is the background.
He received confirmation that the US Army would show no harm to the Japanese personnel. My father received the news and boarded the 82 persons on the train from Mestre (outside Venice, Italy) to Germany. Men, women, and children. I was the youngest - I was a year old.
When we arrived in Germany, the Americans had a change of heart. They allowed each person to take 2 sutecases out of the baggage compartments and then the 82 persons watched in horror as the Americans allowed the Western DPs to raid the baggage cars and take away all the remaining possesions belonging to the Japs. My father watched and noted everything but could do nothing to stop the looting which was watched over by US Army guards.
We were then all taken to a special camp in Cham (pronounced KHAM) which was our home for the next 6 months. We were behind a barbed wire fence and put into dirt floored barracks. Men in one and women and children in the other.
My father spoke 6 languages and this was one of the reasons why he was selected for this mission. My mother was Hungarian and had her mother, my Hungarian grandmother, join us in Venice. She had just escaped the advancing Russian troops in her native Hungary before joining the Japanese embassy in exile in Venice headed up by my father, the Japanese.
The camp's medical doctor was a Capt. Soloman. He did not care for the sick Japanese. The children has all gotten sick and my Hungarian grandmother begged Dr. Soliman (in German and French, and Italian - but she didn't speak English) to help the children. She tried to find out what infectious disease they had all gotten but she had no medicines. She befriended a young Germany girl on the other side of the barbed wire fence. She saw this tall, blond haired woman weeping in frustration. They spoke to each other in German. She explained to the young girl why she was crying - the children were ill and there was no medical help from our US Army captors.
The young girl just happened to be the town vetinerarian's servant girl. He got permission to enter our camp and treat the ill. Imagine Ms Olga, help in the form of a Germany animal doctor! Ths wonderful vet not only diagnosed their illness - but provided fresh eggs and milk for the children. He said that the neighboring farmers paid for his services in fresh eggs and milk.
So this is my story. If you need more information - just ask. Thank you in advance.
Cinnamon El-Mulla (nee Mitsuko Maria Beatrix Nogami)
While doing some research I came across your site and read an interesting post from Cinnamon El-Mulla (nee Mitsuko Maria Beatrix Nogami) relating her experience in a DP camp in Cham Germany. She was 1 year old at the time. There was no date, so I do not know how old the post andnbsp;is. I am interested in contacting the lady as I was in the U.S. Army in the area at the time. Occasionaly I would be guarding some Japanese diplomatic families in the near by town of Furth im Wald. I recall the small children and often wondered about their situation.
Al Hershberger firstname.lastname@example.org
City archives Cham
Hospital Place 22 93413
Mit freundlichen Grand#252;ssen, C. Schmidt
Chiemsee Lake - See Prien
I am looking for anyone who may have come in contact with Canadians who worked for UNRRA.
•Ethel Ostry was the principal welfare worker in Camp Glasenbach and the Director of Camp at Schloss
Langenzelle. Her final assignment was in Camp Fohrenwald;
•Mrs J Henshaw was with Ethel a Camp Fohrenwald and later Director of the International Children's centre on Chiemsee.
•Giske Miss Francis.
Thank you for any assistance you could provide. Susan Armstrong-Reid
Land Niedersachsen (British zone), mostly Poles, some Balts, Yugoslavs, others
Clausthal-Zellerfeld in the Harz Mountains was one of the world's principal industrial centers.
Archive: Archiv der Samtgemeinde Oberharz mit den Mitgliedsgemeinden Altenau,
Clausthal-Zellerfeld, Schulenberg i.O., Wildemann
Tel: (49) 5323-931-420
Fax: (49) 5323-931-124 Coburg- 2 camps (US zone) State archive: Staatsarchiv fand#252r Coburg:
Tel: (49) 9561-92833
Fax: (49) 9561-94017
City archive: Stadtarchiv Coburg
Tel: (49) 9561-89-1470
Fax: (49) 9561-89-1479
Thank you for all the information you have provided me. Thanks to you, my research is well underway and I have once again started my parents talking about their youth and journey to the US via slave labor/concentration camps. I am presently trying to locate the name of the DP camp in Coburg Germany since dad doesn't remember the name. Some of the sites are in German only, which I do not read or speak. My brother's birth certificate states he was born in Displacement Camp, Coburg Germany. Dad said my brother was not a citizen of Germany even though he was born there, so where would I look for that??? Any help would be appreciated!! Thanks again Chris at email@example.com
Cologne / Koeln / Kand#246ln German spelling; (British zone)
Let me tell you my story:
My name is Hans Simons. I was born in Liepaja, Latvia in 1943. I was named Hartmuts Hans (at my father's request) with Dravenieks as my surname. This was my mother's husband's name. My family was taken to Germany in 1944 and we lived in various Displaced Persons camps until late 1949 when we sailed to Australia where we have lived ever since. I changed my surname to Simons in 1995 in my first step toward taking back my true identity.
Now for the little I know about my father:
His name is Hans Simons. He was born in the Rhineland, possibly Cologne. He was stationed in Latvia at Soldus. The name of the town was changed to Fraunberg or Frieberg. My father had one brother and a sister whose name is Annamie (this spelling may not be correct) He was born between 1915-1919. His nationality was German. He was serving in the German army and may have been an officer as my grandmother told me stories of having to shine his high leather boots. He met my mother and I was born. He was at my birth and wanted to stay with my mother and I, and my mother thinks that when he was ordered to a gathering point at Stalingrad he may have deserted and possibly apprehended and executed. Or it may be that he was sent to the Russian front. The question of desertion is a delicate one. The comment came simply as a memory of a moment more than fifty years ago from my mother. It may not have been so at all and I apologise to anyone who may be upset by that comment. I have thought many times about this and I only have compassion and love for my father. I probably would have done the same if I were faced with similar circumstance. At the time my mother was certain that her husband had died in the war. She was alone, in love with my father and carrying his child. A lesser man could have escaped his responsibility by vanishing into the smoke of war. Whatever the circumstances were, and we may never know fully the truth, one fact remains, my father was loved by me, my mother and all of his family. He is that part of my life which up to now has been a deep mystery. I need very much to access that part of my life and for that I need a lot of help.
As can be seen, I have only scant information about my father. My mother's memory of those times is very sketchy and becomes more so as the years go by. I do know without any doubt that from my his side of the story, he was well known by his family who probably knew where he was during the war and he may have passed on the information of my birth to them. He may also be alive today. So as well as seeking details of my father's fate, I am seeking my father's family, who are also my family. My searches with Australian, German, Latvian and Russian Red Cross have so far proved fruitless. My enquiries with Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgraberfursorge also were unsuccessful. I am hoping for my sake as well as that of my eight children that someone of the human family may have some information regarding this puzzle.
Kind regards again to you Olga and thank you for the wonderful work you continue do. Wolfgang Strobel gave me a link to a site where a search can be made for missing German soldiers. I have entered a search, but again, with so little information, I am hopeful but I am not going to fret about it. The link is: http://www.dd-wast.de/
Hans Simons; I can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The name of the town near Cornberg is Rotenburg (not Rotenberg).
City archives of Rotenburg an der Fulda:
Stadtarchiv Rotenburg an der Fulda
36199 Rotenburg an der Fulda
Tel.: (06623) 933-01
Fax: (06623) 933-163
Submitted by: Wolfgang Strobel, author of Post der befreiten Zwangsarbeiter - Displaced Persons Mail Paid in Deutschland 1945 - 1949.
To Olga: I want to tell you I love your web site, you are doing a wonderful job! I'm trying to find info on the DP camp Cornberg. My inlaws' (Michael Hrynenko and Maria Zinkewjcz) marriage certificate, and husband's birth certificates state Rotenburg an de Fulda, the nearest city. Cornberg is about 2 hours away and 181km WSW from Berlin.
Of Ukrainian decent, they were forced from their homes in 1941-42 and sent to forced labor camps. My mother-in-law worked for a German family, took care of the children, home, garden etc., because she was blond and blue eyed...looked German!! Considered Ostarbeiters... had to prove she was in forced labor and receives German pension. If you had a child during this time, there was further compensation. My father-in-law stated the zone was Canadian/American. After the war in 1945, he worked for the American Police until emigrating to Canada in 1949. Judith Hrynenko
Reply: Judy did a lot of research and opened a new page for Cornberg.
Craigie- (found in Australia and Scotland - not Germany)Cuxhaven, #2517, Land Niedersachsen (British zone), 59 Balts
Farming had almost virtually vanished. Livestock had been slaughted to feed the soldiers. Everyone was hungry in war-torn Europe. The packages from the American relief organization CARE, flowed to Germany beginning the summer 1946 and became the symbol for the foreign support. These fed both the German population and the homeless DPs.