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  Nov 21, 2008, 12:54pm  #31

hi my gran czeslawa and granfather jan kosteczko was sent to a dp springfield & northwick camp sep 2nd 1950.i'm just wondering wether you have any info on it or heard of dad and my dads brother and sister went back to the camp last year.
Makay2012   Apr 13, 2009, 10:06pm  #32

Is your mother Zosia?
Tried to send email but returned.
I have information about a camp not listed.
Jknop   Jan 12, 2010, 04:57am  #33

I know that my Father was at fallingbostel camp and then a transit camp from pictures and a few pieces of paper work, he worked in the camp as a clerk/translator, I have a jurnal that has names of people there illness and the treatment prescribed if you would be interested. I have been told a library would buy it but i would rather help you if you could give me history of how he might have been in this camp, I have a lot questions as I have a lot of questions My father never spoke of his life in poland much or anything about his war time expreince.....My father is polish but there are pics of him in uniform of sorts please reply if you might be interested
hannahko   Aug 7, 2010, 08:16pm  #34

Hello .My Mother was BORN IN POLAND IN 1921.she was took to Germany . IN A PLACE CALLED HOHNE. KRISE CELLE IN THE WAR TO WORK ON A FARM. I was born in 1942 in Poland and do not know my fathers name or nationality.I WAS LEFT With my grandparents in Poland. My Mother had to go to germany to work.When i was 2 months old. After the war.My Mother met a polish soldier and there were married in Osnabruck Germany. In 1946. Then in 1947 THEY Went to England as my stepfather was under british command.I was left with my grandmother untill i was 17. Then i came to join them in England.THEY CAME TO LlNCOLN AND THEN TO PETERBOROUGH. iAM TRYING TO FIND OUT WHERE IN germany my mother went to after the war. but no luck.ALSO iAM Trying to find what ship she came over here on in may 1947 to SOUTHAMTON.But cannot find out anything. Idont know if there was other polish people who came here in the same year. if they were what ship did they arrive on.Of course my Mother has passed away now.but i am still trying to find any information i my Mother would never ever tell me my fathers name.And even on her Marridge Certicate in Germany she put her wrong date of birth.Her name was MARIA KOLODZIEJCZYK MARRIED NAME RYDELSKA.Please could someone give me a few ideas where to go from here .MANY THANK .STANISLAW.
Hannahp1981   Aug 10, 2010, 11:27am  #35

Hi hannahko, there are passenger lists email me on and I will try to help you, I have been tracing my own family for about 5 years

Kind regards
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  Aug 10, 2010, 02:30pm  #36

My mother was at several DP camps after the war including Fallingbostel. She was also at Braunschweig, Barum (where my brother was born), Marienborn and about ten others.

Her memories are fond ones. She recalls how they use to hang a curtain across the room to separate their living quarters from the rest of the barracks and how there would be dances every week with accordionists etc.

She also said the reason they were moved so many times is that the authorities didn't want the refugees to get too comfortable in one place and in a way wanted people to repatriate themselves.

I'd be delighted to hear from anyone with similar experiences.
jesposito   Sep 26, 2010, 03:10am  #37

My mother was in a displaced persons camp in Ludwigsburg, Germany. She left Poland in 1944 at the age of 15. She was sick with tuberculosis and fled a hospital in Otwock's, outside of Warsaw as the Russians were coming. It was actually a hospital for Germans that she was lucky enough to have been taken to because of a kind German solider. Her sister actually married this man to save my mother's life. They were euthenizing patients that were to ill to run. My mother escaped with too other young kids. They ran to the train station which was quite a distance (i found the hospital ten years ago while visiting) and were pulled on to the train through the windows. The Polish paritsans were shooting at the train as it was leaving with sick German soldiers and Poles clinging to the top and sides.
My mom was in the Ludwigsburg camp from 1945 to 1948. My mom and her two sisters were orphans and reunited in Germany with an aunt, their mother's sister. My mother made the agaonizing decision to leave for Canada to eventually reunite with her sisters in the states who had married American GI's. She arranged her passage with forged papers, as she was still sick with TB and signed herself into service in Canada as an indentured servant. The ship was the General Sturgis.
i have searched the internet for my mom to try and find any links or info for people who were in the Ludwigsburg camp.
Volunteerabroad   Dec 22, 2010, 06:05pm  #38

I am an historian interested in the work of British Relief Workers who went to Europe after 1945 to assist Displaced Persons (DPs). My previous research explored the work of the Friends Relief Service (Quakers) in Displaced Persons Camps between 1945 and 1948.

If you were a member of a Relief Team working with Displaced Persons in Europe between 1945 and 1948, or you were a DP camp during this period, and are willing to share your recollections, I would dearly love to hear from you at or visit
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  Dec 22, 2010, 11:49pm  #39

This article is about Serbs in a DP camp in Shropshire. However, there is also a Polish community nearby, perhaps there are connections.
Leslee   Sep 1, 2011, 09:37am  #40

I am not sure exactly how I found your posting. My name is Leslee and my mom was also born in a camp 05/10/1945. I know it was off the Port of Hamburg but that is all I know. My Granny was Latvian but died when I was young so we can't find out much. I am in the USA where my Mom and Granny came when mom was 5. I am
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  Sep 8, 2011, 06:05pm  #41

Merged: Information on Displaced Camps Needed


I am wondering if anyone can give me information where I can find archives that list people by names in German displaced camps. Did they keep lists when people were there? My Grandparents were both from Poland during World War 2 and ended up in a displaced camp. I know they were married there and then came to the US. I am running into dead ends on my last name search. My last name is Stepun but I think it was changed for some reason when coming to the US. Both my Grandparent are decease so the info I have is limited. Any help would be much appreciated :)

KBorowski   Mar 17, 2012, 11:08am  #42


My Father was Born in a Displaced Person camp in Hildesheim, Germany in 1947. He also doesnt know who his father is but has been told that he was a Big Polish Soilder who abandened my Grandmother and went back to Poland where he already had a family. My Grandmothers name is Michalina Lachera and my fathers name is Josef Jan Lachera.

I have been for a few years now trying to trace my Fathers families Ancestory. I have managed to this year find my Fathers Uncle which has been amazing. We are slowly asking him questions. What we have so far:-

My Fathers family, his Mother, came from Western Ukraine. A small village called "Taubivka" it is now called "Holubivka" and is inbetween Zhytomir and Kiev. They were Polish Ukranians along with most of thier neighbours apart from a few Ukrainians and they had a Farm and owned a lot of land which the Russians took away and made it a Collective Farm. They lost everything.
When the Germans then invaded they rounded up and shot his Grandfather. They wanted to take my Grandmother away to work but her older brother insisted he went instead, then after a while the remaining family (my Grandmother, her two remaining brothers and thier Mother) were sent on to Germany to work. They worked on a Germans Farm. They worked seperately, the boys on the Farm and the ladies in the Saw Mill. Every night the boys sneaked in with their mother and sister to sleep.
From here they went to a camp called Walsrode. Then I think they were liberated and went on to a Displaced Persons Camp in "Hildesheim". Trilke Verke.

I have several pictures of thier time in Hildeshiem. One with a lady who lived in the next hut called Zoshia. I will try and put them on here.

My Great Uncles stayed in Germany. In Fallingbostal (were he is today) and the other married a German lady and lived in Hameln. There mother died around 1948 (i am trying to get this information now). My Father has written off to the "International Tracing Service". Here they have information on everybody who entered Germany during WWII.

Kind Regards
Karen X
KEB   Apr 4, 2013, 11:04pm  #43

Merged: Looking for a Polish Soldier who fathered a Son in a Displaced Persons around 1946/47

Hi All
Has any one got a skeleton in their closet?? We are not looking for profit just to find the missing link.
My Grandmother after the war was in the Displaced Persons Camp in Fallingbostal. Around April 1946 they were moved to Hildesheim "Trilke Werke* where my father was born. My Grandmothers name is Michalina. She had two brothers Mietek (Martin) & Andrej. Their mothers name was Helene. They originally came from Ukraine. Where they were forcibly transported in November 1942.
The only information that we have was that he was a Big Polish Soilder (Tall). He had family in Poland. His name was possibly Adam.

Can anyone help us

Kind Regards

Pigon   Dec 25, 2013, 04:26am  #44

Has anyone a connection with a Stanislaw Pigon or Janina Pigon at the camp in Hildesheim around 1944 -1950?
Brano   Jan 18, 2014, 04:57am  #45


My experience with Polish Diplaced Persons was in Zweibrucken Germany in the early "60's.
It was during the Cuban Crisis and we on alert. I was sent to a section where the guards were Polish. Being of Slovak descent I knew
a few words of Polish which I spoke to the guards.
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  Feb 17, 2014, 06:22pm  #46

Merged: Question about relatives who were forced labor and lived in Minden displaced persons camp after WWII

Hello everyone,

I have always been extremely interested in my family's history, but my grandparents, who were separated from their parents at a young age and sent to Germany to work on German farms, were always very reluctant to discuss anything. My grandfather recently passed away, so I finally have access to some of his paperwork.

Their marriage paperwork states that my grandmother's place of birth is Dybków, Pieniawa, Jarosław, Krakowski. The only thing my grandmother told me was that she lived on a farm as a child, and had no paperwork (i.e. birth certificate) as children were born at home and never documented. Does this sound likely or do you think this would just be an attempt not to discuss her history? Also, can someone tell me where this area is, and if it presently has a different name?

Any help that anyone can provide would be greatly appreciated. I live in Buffalo, NY, USA (an area with one of the biggest Polish populations in the US) and would be glad to help anyone with research from this geographic area (library records, gravestones, etc.)

Thank you,
DominicB Activity: - / 732
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  Feb 17, 2014, 06:43pm  #47

It's Dybków, in Sieniawa township, in southeastern Poland near the Ukrainian border. Wikipedia has an article about it, which is amazing as the population is only 37.
Lizzy   Nov 20, 2014, 02:57pm  #48

My mother was in a displaced persons camp in Ludwigsburg, Germany.

Could your mother have been born in Lubeck where many Latvians were . I was born there in 1946 to Latvian mother
erykah   Nov 25, 2014, 11:13pm  #49

Merged: Photos of displaced persons camp (Hildesheim)?

My mother and grandparents from Poland were in a displaced persons camp in Hildesheim where my half sister was born in 1947; the birth was illegitimate. I saw a post from KBorowski (Karen X) indicating that she would post several photos of Hildesheim; did she? If so, how do I see them. Otherwise I would love if she emailed them to me. Please advise. Thank you. Erika
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Moderator   Nov 25, 2014, 11:29pm  #50

I saw a post from KBorowski (Karen X) indicating that she would post several photos of Hildesheim; did she? If so, how do I see them. Otherwise I would love if she emailed them to me. Please advise. Thank you. Erika

This is the post you mean on the ' Displaced persons Camp ' thread.

Unfortunately she ( as well as yourself ) has posted as a guest and is not a registered member, so you have no way of contacting each other unless she registers. It doesn't appear as if she posted anything further I'm afraid.
erykah   Nov 26, 2014, 12:19am  #51

Merged: Hildesheim photos?

Thank you to Pam who replied.
I am new to this and do not know how to become a member. Will someone please advise?
Does anyone else have photos of Hildesheim? I feel so close and yet so far away from new information.
Thank you.
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Moderator   Nov 26, 2014, 12:28am  #52

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