Solingen Displaced Persons Camp 

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Solingen, #3179, #41/179, Land N. Rhine-Westphalia, (British zone), 2,400 Poles, some Balts and Yugoslavs;
photos of Solingen today

City archives:
Gasstrasse 22b
42657 Solingen
Tel: 02 12 - 2 90 36 30
Fax: 02 12 - 2 90 36 48

My dad is a survivor of Solingen. I would love to see war time pictures. Eric

Dear Olga
You have a most interesting website. I am trying to find a friend I had in Solingen, Germany, a Polish DP camp. Her name was Zofia Murawska, Her Father's name Wladyslaw and her mother Maria. She would be about 60-ish. How would I go about finding her whereabouts? Or for that matter any of the friends I had while living in that dp camp? Thanks. Lydia Caine

2/18/06 Dear Olga,
I have been hunting for more info about DP camp Solingen. I have papers such as IRO processing cards, wage papers, and immunization records for my parents that state Soligen, North Rhine Westphalia, Land Niedersachsen, and Schleswig-Holstein, also Wentorf (resettlement processing center). I can not find any sites online in English where I can look into further info about this dp camp in Soligen. If possible, could you be of any assistance in this search for more info.. Thank you,
Julianna Francowiak (nee Kopczynski)

May 15, 2013 Hi Olga,
I am researching my late grandmother, Nanna (Bronislawa Stepniak) of her time in Poland/ Germany and to obtain information regarding remaining family.

I have in my collection from my mother and Aunt various papers and photographs:

  1. an IRO document issued at Fallingbostel (this would have been prior to her immigrating to Australia on the Liguria to Bonegilla). On the back it's stamped with 'Seen by Immigration Fremantle ' & 'Department of Immigration Melbourne, Vic ;
  2. an AD CARD stamped with Fallingbostel listing RC as religion; Geburtsurkunde (birth certificate) for her son born in Wermelskirchen, listing Polin Bronislawa Stepniak as "wohnhaft in Solingen, Polenlager (polish camp)";
  3. an IRO (British Zone) document dated for Bocholt;
  4. Certificate from Bocholt stating 'has been a resident of this camp for past 24 months..she has not been working,' ;
  5. two International Certificate of Inoculation and Vaccination books for her and her son;
  6. Two Personal-Ausweis booklets for her and her son (British Zone) stating Wiener-Allee/Lager, Bocholt;
  7. Meldekarte (registration card) stating Lager Sengwarden, stamped Wilhelmshaven;
  8. Medical Card for her son, 87 DPACS Bocholt.

I am attaching photographas and am hopeful others may recognize individuals to help further my search.

I have also recently contacted the Polish Central Military Archive 89.html regarding two photos she has of one of her two brothers, to which I do not know a name/s.

I have also included a document, Bron's Story,(in Word doc format) which was written by her brother-in-law, for an assignment he completed for Deakin University, unfortunately it does not mention areas/names.

If you have any information/links I would be extremely grateful. Refer to the photo number if you recognize any person so that we can caption it. Many thanks and kind regards, Tanya Lester

*Bron 4 photo....
1946.m. XI (something)
Tolgam (something) (something) savo fot?grafija siwo(?) (something scrubbed out) (something scrubbed out).
Stasys(?) (something).
Sietugon(?) (something) (something).
And another sentence which I don't know.
Once back from holiday will get to a professional photographer to hopefully enhance words.
Question marks are there as unsure if interpreted letters correctly.


Bronoslawa (Nanna)

nanna 2

Bronoslawa (Nanna)

Bron portrait

Bronoslawa (Nanna)


Nana in the center

Gals on tank

Nanna in the center; .......Nanna standing on top of tank.

3 women

Nanna on far right.

3 women

Nanna is on far right. First two ladies unknown

3 women

Nanna is far right, hit in mouth with butt of rifle

Bron & Lady

Nana on left

4 women

Nanna is 2nd from right.

Unsure of whether Bron

Unsure whether this is Bron-Mother or Grandmother?

mother or grandmother



Nanna at far right.

American on Motorcyle

American soldier

American & Bron

Nanna and American

Nanna & Italian

Nanna with Italian man.

Unknown lady & Nanna

nanna in chair

Nanna sitting in chair.

Nanna on right

Nanna on right

Army Brother

Missing Army brother

Blond women

Unknown woman

Army Group

Army group - Nanna's brother seated far right. Bocholt camp.

Group a

Nanna standing far right; Jozia kneeling left

group b

Nanna standing second from right

Group 2a

Nanna third from left standing

group 3a

Nanna sitting, second from right, man's arm on her shoulder

group 3b

Nanna second row with male's arm around her.

group pic


group 4


unkown boy

Unknown boy


Unknown teens

christening party unknown

In Bochult, unknown christening party....Nanna behind small boy

group 52b

Nanna second from right, head touching mans'; note: workers in uniforms

labour group

labour group: Nanna standing second from left

man & child


Group eating corn

Group eating corn

Nanna with car

Unknown people

Lady on bike

Unknown lady on bike

sol Lady

Unknown lady walking on steps.

Woman front

Jozia -

writing on back

"For long & unforgetable memory, I give my photo to beloved and pleaanat Broni. Stay in exil, Jozia. "

Two boys on couch

42. Two children on sofa; 1-7-1949 in Greven


Boy beside still for liquor brewing.

Child in Bucholt




wedding 3

Unknown wedding couple

wedding 2

Unkwown wedding couple; Nanna at back on the right.

k g

Krystyna (Christina) Gonorwiska? Goworska?

k g

 Who can translate the back of photo?

koz front

Kazimierz Tadeusz in Sengwarden -

Koz back

Who can translate the back of photo?


Picture of my father, Stasys Kazyk.

2 men 2 children

The man in the hat closely resembles my uncle. Rinius, and his brother, Kazyk (or Charlie) Rinius; Kazyk is Kazimir's father.


Nanna with son, Tadeusz?

back of Pram


Madonna & child

Icon of Madonna and Jesus

Arriving in Australian camp Bonegilla.

Personal Id card Bron

Various Documents

personal Id card Bron2

Inside: Bronislawa's on left; Tadeusz's on right in Camp Bocholt

personal ID card Tad

Meldekarte (registration card) full view

  Proof of residency in Camp Bocholt

Proof of residency2

Proof of residency in Camp Bocholt

Registration card

Meldekarte (registration card) full view

CU of Meldekarte

Meldekarte Close Up

Rieker newspaper head

Rieker newspaper

Rieker Shoe Ad

Shoe ad in Rieker newspaper



List of residents

WHO vaccination booklet & date stamps

Date stamps

IRO Certificate of Eligibility from Bocholt says Bronislawa is forced labor



Note needs to be translated.


Stamp from Wilshemshaven



vaccination doc

Close up 

vaccination certificate

Vaccination against smallpox certificate from Bocholt

Vaccination against smallpox certificate from Bocholt

stamp Wermelskirchen

Verification of birth by registrar in Wermelskirchen

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