Displaced Persons Camps

Question:

Hi, I am a senior in college, working on a history thesis paper. I am writing about the Displaced Persons camps and am having a lot of trouble finding specific information on the individual camps. Perhaps you have some ideas on how I can go about this research. Thank you.

Harry W. Mazal OBE answers:

Thank you for your query addressed to the Holocaust History Project. I apologize for the delay in responding but we have been swamped with requests.

I am one of the persons that responds to such queries. You may get other responses from our membership.

Presumably you are seeking information on the camps established by the Allies for displaced persons after World War II. There is a wealth of information published on the subject but if you were to be a bit more specific as to what you are seeking, we might be able to give you considerable assistance.

A few titles picked off of my library shelves might help get you started:

As you can see from the above sampling, the subject is vast. There are books covering statistics, personal observations, criticisms, treatment, emigration, etc. Please let us know more precisely what you are seeking.

Yours sincerely,

Harry W. Mazal OBE

Question:

I would like to know more information about the german "Displaced Person" camps. Can you look up more info for this certain topic? Thanks.

Yale F. Edeiken answers:

I am one of the volunteers who aswers questions for The Holocaust History Organization. The Third Reich did not maintain "displaced persons" camps. These were established after the war by the victorious allies and, I assume, that you are asking about them rather than concentration camps.

The displaced persons camps were not well operated and an investigation was ordered by President Truman into their practices. This resulted in the "Harrison Report" which would be an excellent starting point for research on these camps.

There is an excellent book America and the Survivors of the Holocaust Leonard Dinnerstein (Columbia University Press; 1982) which publishes the entire Harrison Report as an appendix. It also contains a wealth of information including facts and figures about the camps and the eventual fate of the inmates.

I hope this gives you a good start in your research.

Yale F. Edeiken
The Holocaust History Project

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