DP Camps in Germany - Sp-Sz

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III, Latvian,
Re: Pastor Norman Lockyer, e-mail to: Damon Lockyer

Spandau is barrio or district in Berlin, northeastern Germany, situated around the confluence of the Havel and Spree rivers. It is industrial. After World War II, it was part of the British Occupation Zone in West Berlin and the Spandau Prison, built in 1876, was used to house Nazi war criminals who were sentenced to imprisonment at the Nuremberg Trials. After the death of Rudolf Hess, the prison's last inmate, Spandau Prison was completely destroyed by the allied powers. According to Albert Speer in his Spandau: The Secret Diaries, Hitler expressed admiration for Adenauer, noting his building of a road circling the city as a bypass, and of a "green belt" of parks.

Spandau city hall

2/23/07 Dear Ms. Kaczmar,
My name is Luis Regueira, librarian of the Canary Islands Museum (El Museo Canario) in Spain. Our institution is preparing the publication of a book of memories by Ms. Emmi Hahnefeld, who lived in Berlin during the Second World War and was displaced in several camps, such as Spandau, Mühlheim and Mittenwald.

It's being quite difficult to obtain photographs of these displaced camps in order to illustrate this part of the book, so I would like to ask you for some help. Please tell my if you know where could I get these pictures or who could have them. We would be very grateful for any help. Thank you very much and please forgive my scarce control of your language.
Yours, Luis Regueira, email: lregueira@elmuseocanario.com
El Museo Canario
C/ Doctor Verneau, 2
E-35001, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Spork (British zone)

Specken Camp, rural district Ammerland
Zofia Schurik was registered at Bad Zwischenahn, Camp Specken, rural district Ammerland in 1945. Barbara Schurig now known as "Irene Barbara Elisabeth Schurig, born 1945". registered at Bad Zwischenahn, Camp Specken, rural district Ammerland 1945. Then she was registered at Darmstadt city-archiv as a resident at 61 Darmstadt, Beckstr 76 However where does she live now? She also now may be married under a different surname. Her mother Zofia Schurik, after the war was known as Sophie Schurig, born 1920 - died 1988 Griesham, Germany. She was registered at Bad Zwischenahn, Camp Specken, rural district Ammerland in 1945. Her husband Stefan Schurig, died in 1998. They were registered at Darmstadt city-archiv as a resident at 61 Darmstadt, Beckstr 76, however moved to 64347 Griesheim, Lichtenbergweg 10 in 1983. I gained there dates of death from Magistrat der Stadt Griesheim in 2005.  I want to get the address of Irene Barbara Elisabeth Schurig also if available her marriage certificate. If anyone has any information about this camp, please write to:
Mark Norek events@lifesanadventure.com.au

Springe (British zone)

St. Ottilien, Jews

ST. OTTILIEN OBERBAYERN: 86941 Bavaria, near Landsberg am Lech
A postwar community of displaced persons is recalled with several mass burials, and about a dozen tombstones.
Source: Steinerne Zeugnisse jüdischen Lebens in Bayern; eine Dokumentation, 2nd ed. by Israel Schwierz. München: Bayerische Landes- zentrale für politische Bildungsarbeit 1992, ISBN 3-87052-398-0, 368 pp. [1st ed. 1988, ISBN 3-87052-393-X, 352 pp.].
Jewishgen.org, Submitted by: Alan Newark, 13/04/08

Stade (British zone)

Steinhagen "In Steinhagen we dealt chiefly in Russians and gin. To be more explicit, our chief duties were those of guarding; guarding certain Germans on isolated farms from raids by marauding DPs (Displaced Persons), mostly Russians, acting as guards at a large Russian DP camp, guarding the town's distilleries against possible raids by Germans, Russians and GIs, and on the administrative end, acting as town judges, issuing passes, and running the gin business." See http://www.military.com

Steinholde (Lower Saxony- British zone)

Steinhude (Lower Saxony British zone)

Stift Tilbeck (British zone)

Stockach city website and museum : http://www.stockach.de
City administration: Stadtverwaltung Stockach
Adenauerstrasse 4
D-78333 Stockach
Telefon: 07771 / 802 - 0
Telefax: 07771 / 800 - 0
E-Mail: post@stockach.de

Dear Olga,
My father and mother were in a DP camp in southern Germany after the war. My father worked for UNRRA, as he spoke several languages. My mother helped to take care of the children. I was born in Stokach, Germany and am trying to trace where this camp was and whether any photos exist. Thank you. Halina Czerniejewski Stromberg (2 camps-British zone)

Strut near Ansbach
Dear Olga,
I was in a DP camp in Strut by Ansbach in Bayern (Bavaria), Germany, from February 1946 until February 1947. This camp housed only children belonging to Dror habonim and the Shomer hazair, Zionist organizations.

I have been living in Israel since 1947. Tried to find pictures or any written evidence of the above mentiond camp, but in vain. Can you please help me to find the site, if any, showing any pictures or telling something about this camp. Thank you in advance, Update: I found the place. It is the Rangau klinik, Strut 24. About 4 Km. distance from Ansbach the town. At the time in 1946-1947 this UNRRA camp housed about 300 children and the UNRRA staff. Somehow it disappeared from all the documentation of the DP camps, in Bayern, Germany. I regret to say, but I have no picture or any written document I can send you. I shall try to send you some picture of the camp, I found in the commercial advertisement of the klinik. Thank you for answering me, so quickly and for opening a new site, of the Strut DP Camp of children in the sanatorium "Strut by Ansbach"

Thank you again, Rafi Ben Zur / Haifa, Israel,rafa_el@netvision.net.il

Stuttgart has its own page. (U.S. zone) Ukrainians, Russians, Jews, Poles, Czech, Russian boy scout troops
30,000 forced laborers were used in Stuttgart in factories, as well as agricultural and housekeeping services.

State Archives: Konrad-Adenauer-Strasse 4
D-70173 Stuttgart
Telefon: 0711/212-4335
Telefax: 0711/212-4360
E-Mail: hstastuttgart@la-bw.de

The Department Central State Archives of Stuttgart (Hauptstaatsarchiv Stuttgart) holds the ministerial archives of the government of Baden-W├╝rttemberg and the archives of the former central agencies

Dear Friends
As a favour to a retired Polish - born female correspondent in Ontario, I seek information about Karol Wolf, a Roman Catholic born Jaroslaw, Poland, 1897, who was, in 1943 (?), deported from Pultusk to KL Stutthof. Karol perished somewhere within the Stutthof camps' complex.

Before his deportation, he was last seen by a sister, in an extremely emaciated state, in a Pultusk prison. Karol, a one-time fellow journalist, spoke 9 languages and was employed in the Nazi-overseen Pultusk civil administration as an interpreter and translator. He may have been connected to the local Polish Resistance ? A week before his arrest and imprisonment ( for what reason, by whom and detained where?), Karol - Karl was warned to escape. He seems, wrongly so, to have felt safe.

Arrested and interrogated, he must have been held in the Pultusk prison for some weeks to have been so disoriented and so emaciated when his sister last saw him. Someone, somewhere, in the Feldpolizei, the Gestapo-SD, SS, Abwehr local and regional hierarchies must have authorised Karol's arrest, monitored his detention and authorised his deportation to Stutthof. We do not know when or in which transport he was taken to Stutthof. There are no known records at Stutthof which might educate us about these scenarios.

I am trying to form a picture of Karol's work, religious and presumed political life in Pultusk before his arrest and of his detention in and deportation from Pultusk. All advice and information offered will be warmly acknowledged. Reciprocal research guaranteed if requested. Best... Alan Newark / Fax: +44 1132 682125)

I have been contacted by another family whose relative was sent to Stuthof. Gave them some ideas about follow-up activity. No reply yet. Sent a second message saying that I am here if needed and am willing, she agrees, to link them to Rita Robinson in Ontario; suggested that they set up a new Internet - based Stuthof Study Group...that they tap into the existing structures, unite with other families of Polish origins, etc...wait and see. Rita is all for latter idea. She rang me for the first time and we had a richt auld tooranally!

I found the relocated grave of Rita's father, Tadeusz Wolf, in Perth, Scotland; he died in Selkirk. Tadeusz, an Anders Army veteran who was with the post-war Polish Resettlement Corps, died in 1947, aged only 27. He now lies in a grave at the Polish War Cemetery outside Perth. A special grant allowed the creation of the cemetery, a website and the compilation of an on-line Graves Register. There is also a beautiful memorial.

As you know, I am trying to find info about the pre-Stuthof life and post-deportation life and fate in Stuthof / a sub-camp of Rita's grandfather, Karol Wolf.

12/24/04 followup: Recently sent Rita Robinson, of Sande and Stutthof dp camps, a photo of her father's grave in Scotland, courtesy of Dr. Robert Ostrachyrz, comiler of the Wellshill Cemetery, Perth, Polish War Cemetery Register and website. Alan Newark / Fax: +44 1132 682125)

12/15/04 Dear Olga,
Can you help me? I'm trying to locate information about my father,Tadeusz Lech-Bielinski, an artist who survived Stutthoff, Gusen and Matthausen by painting and sketching for the German guards. He came to Belgium as a displaced person. Between 1949 and 1952 he immigrated to Australia on assisted passage. I have looked through passenger lists available on the net without success. Lucy Elliott

1/11/05 Dear Olga,
Where could I find some information on a boat/small ship carrying about 370 prisoners from KZ Stutthoff, which landed in the Danish village of Klintholm on May 5th 1945? I found out that there where some Zeugen Jehovas on the boat, but I would like to know if there exists a list with the names or other details of all the people who where rescued by the people of Klintholm. Thank you very much for helping -
Ulrike Budde , München, Germany

Subholz(British zone)

Sylt (Isle of), on the North Sea, Poles 1906 postcard

12/2/04 Dear Ms. Kaczmar,
I was amazed to find such a vast website about slave labour and displaced persons in WW2. A few years ago I received my father's dairy he kept during the time he was in Germany. In November 1944 about 50,000 men from Rotterdam (The Netherlands) were taken to Germany. My father was one of them. He was put to work at the Reichsbahn (railway). He had to repair bombed railway lines. The camp my father stayed in was not very strict, he almost could go as he pleased, but the food situation was very poor. In March 1945 he was liberated by American paratroopers. It was not until June 1945 that he was able to return home to Rotterdam and to the woman that would later become my mother. This is very, very short the story. About a year ago I visited the surroundings in which the camp was were my father lived during his stay in Germany. The camp was in Sythen, a small village, close to Haltern just north of the Ruhr area. By talking to some elderly men I found out about a camp in which Italians lived who worked on farms, but nothing about Dutchmen that worked on the railroad. The internet doesn't give me any information about where the camp might have been. I have also been in touch with some German authority in Haltern. He could tell me about a camp and about Dutchmen in Haltern, but about Sythen, he didn't know anything. I really like to visit the spot where the camp was. Perhaps you can help me. Thank you very much in advance, marja.levien@planet.nl The Netherlands.

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