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From: ajleeb <>
Subject: Re: [DVHH-L] Camps in Ludwigsburg
Date: Thu, 14 Apr 2005 22:33:26 -0600
One has to know the difference between a concentration camp and a Displaced Persons camp, there is great difference, even though they are called camps.
Concentration-camp; - An enclosed camp for the confinement of prisoners of war, political prisoners, aliens, etc....
Displaced person camp - A person made homeless by war and forced to live in a foreign country.
If your relatives were in a concentration camp in the formally Yugoslavia, they were put in prison account political reason, unless they were in the German Army, then they would've been a prisoner of war.
Some of your relatives, were able to escaped the torture, etc. I won't go into details
the torture they experienced. Such incidence written in books. When your relatives escaped, being German descendent, where are they supposed to go except Austria and Germany. When you arrive in a strange country, don't know anybody, no relatives no friends. You go to the authorities, turn yourself in, and they turn yourself over to the Immigration Department. Lets not forget, your relatives were not the only ones, who escaped. Donauschwabians, not only came from Yugoslavia, some from Romania, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland, also went to Austria and Germany.
To accommodate these Displaced Persons, the Government had built barracks.
These barracks, were built in a section of the city. They had to register at the Unemployment Office, fill out the regular forms, age, trades, children, etc. To my understanding, they were told they could stay in the camp for two years, or until they found work. As you know yourself, a Schwob, never takes advantage of freebees, he has to work, otherwise he gets sick.
This camp was known as a Displaced Person camp. It had no barb wire, no machine-guns, they were not torture, but they were homeless. As the years went by, fortunately, they all found jobs, moved on to different places, and different countries. Wherever they went, they were branded as DISPLACED PERSONS, or
Over 85, thousand of your Donauschwaben relatives, died from being shot, tortured and starved in Concentration Camps. Because they didn't have the opportunity to escape, to places called DP camps.
How often did some our List Members, tell us their experience and the trauma,
Maybe, some of the List members who experienced such incidents, can come forth and tell us if this really happen.
I hope this will clarify the difference between a DP and a prisoner.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Keith and Chris" <>
Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 8:02 PM
Subject: Re: [DVHH-L] Camps in Ludwigsburg
> Now I am confused, just when I thought I had it I find out I don't. I
> though the DP camps and concentration camps were the same. I had a great
> aunt that was in a displaced person camp and I just assumed it was in the
> former Yugoslavia. Is this not the case? Were they all in Germany and
> Yugoslavia held just the concentration camps?
> Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "ajleeb" <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Thursday, April 14, 2005 9:38 AM
> Subject: Re: [DVHH-L] Camps in Ludwigsburg
>> Thanks for your information. In the link below, it shows there was DP Camp
>> in Ludwigsburg, but not in Reitenbach. It also shows one in Ingolstadt. In
>> order to get more details regarding the camps, you have to contact the
>> Archive, in Ludwigsburg, and the Archive in Ingolstadt. The Archive Web
>> Pages and e-mails can be found on their page in the link. You mentioned
>> something about the DP camps little better than the concentration camps.
>> the concentrations camps were as good as the DP camps, many people
>> survived in the concentration camps. If you want to find out more
>> information on the Ingolstadt camp, you might want to write to the Archive
>> in Ingolstadt, for more information regarding records of people who spent
>> time in the camp. You can write in English.
>> Good luck.
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "william herman" <>
>> To: <>
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 7:14 PM
>> Subject: Re: [DVHH-L] Camps in Ludwigsburg
>> > Alex I'm reading a book titled "DP Europe's
>> > Displaced Person's 1945-1951" by Mark Wyman. It
>> > doesn't list either Ludwigsburg or Reitenbach, there
>> > was a Luisenberg camp in Germany. Mark list's 61 DP
>> > camp's in Germany plus some in Austria, France and
>> > Italy. I don't know how accurate his list is but I
>> > would think it has to be close to the correct number
>> > of camps. He has alot of pictures taken at the camps.
>> > I was at a book signing last night for Elizabeth
>> > Walter for her book "Barefoot in the Rubble". She said
>> > that the DP camps were a little better than the
>> > concentration camps. From what I've read in the DP
>> > camp's book it sounds like Mark is correct on his
>> > facts. It is a good book.
>> > Bill Herman
>> > --- ajleeb <> wrote:
>> >> Help!
>> >> I am looking for information, - People left formerly
>> >> Yugoslavia after 1944, to different camps in Austria
>> >> and Germany. Where there such camps and the years,
>> >> in Ludwigsburg, or (Reitenbach) Württenberg,
>> >> Germany?
>> >> Your assistance is much appreciated.
>> >> Thank you.
>> >> Alex.
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