Displaced Persons -

DP Camps in Austria, H

Austrian archives - https://www.oesta.gv.at/bezirks-stadt-und-kommunalarchive

Haid (Lackner) has its own page



Haiming - Inn river, Ims UNRRA team 200 (French zone)

    My family was in a camp in Haiming, Austria near Imst after the war. I have a book which discusses the camp called "Heimat auf Zeit, Haiming 1946-1960". Thanks Gabriele I. Halsall

    Haiming Salvator Salvador-Wagner book


Hallein, Land Salzburg (U.S.), Jews - Hallein, town, north-central Austria, on the Salzach River just south of Salzburg city.

    City archives: Stadtarchiv Hallein, Keltenmuseum, 5400 Hallein

      Hallein 1949-51

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    Free coal campaign, 1953 (source: USHMM)

      1949-1950 (source: USHMM)
    Provided by Klaus Fohringer


    Photos below were submitted 12/5/10 by Steve Wernick steve@stevewernick.com Click to enlarge

    Stanley Kessler
    This photo is my Grandfather, Stanley Kessler
    (born Shia Keslovich, in Bilgoraj, Poland)
    at the DP camp in Hallein, Austria.

    LIsa Kessler
    Liza Kessler (nee Liza Rak,
    from Vinitza, Ukraine)
    with daughter Ina.

    Men working in Hallein
    Stanley Kessler 2
    Stanley Kessler (Shia Keslovich) outside his photo studio, DP camp, Hallein, Austria.

    DP Camp, Hallein, Austria

    Memorial Service Ebesey
    Memorial service for 250,000, Ebensey, Austria, 1945.
    Photo by Stanley Kessler (Shia Keslovich).

    Haline children
    Children playing, DP camp, Hallein Austria.
    Holding the ball is Cy Wernick (Esai Verniek, Vinnitzia, Ukraine),
    age about 13.


    Leaving Haline
    Preparing to leave camp for re-settlement.

    Comrade Wernik, S. I. (Solomon Isaiovich), from the factory workers
    of Children’s World for exemplary professional work.


    Salzbergwerk Durrnberg Hallein

    Leza Kessler
    This undated photo includes my paternal grandmother,
    Leza Rak Kessler (tallest woman).


    As far as I know, the photographer for this series was Stanley Kessler, born Shia Keslovich in Bilgoraj, Poland around 1910. I also have my father’s ID papers from the International Refugee Organization, Austria.

    People interested in Hallein:

    Please take a look at the Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/groups/301839019976701/ and join the discussion.

    Steve Wernick


Heilbrunn Polish DP Camp 19 Heilbrunn Polish DP Camp #19. - 601 pk.

Can anyone come up with information about H e i l b r u n n camp?

1) why the Camp is misspelled Heilbrunn instead of Hellbrunn correctly ?
2) which organisation (military unit, etc.) is symbolized by the coat of arms (orange horse head on red shield) ?
3) what the code "601 PK." beneath the emblem is standing for ?
4) in which numbering system the camp was assigned "No. 19" ?

There is also the unlikely possibility, that this plate originates from the German DP Camp Heilbronn, where there as well were Polish inmates !?

Ask your father or grandfather if they are from this area.

Kann jemand kommen mit Informationen zu diesem Lager? Fragen Sie Ihren Vater oder Großvater , wenn sie aus diesem Bereich sind .

1) warum die Camp richtig falsch geschrieben Heilbrunn statt Hellbrunn ?
2) die Organisation ( Militäreinheit , etc.) wird durch die Wappen (orange Pferdekopf auf rotem Schild ) symbolisiert ?
3) was der Code " 601 PK . " unter dem Emblem steht für ?
4) in dem Nummernsystem wurde das Lager "No. 19" zugewiesen ?

Es besteht auch die unwahrscheinliche Möglichkeit , dass diese Platte stammt aus der deutschen DP Camp Heilbronn, wo es auch polnische Häftlinge ?


1/4/2016 Dear Olga!

I wish you and your relatives a happy new!

I read in an article on your website "dpcamps.org" something about the Camp Nr. 19 in HEILBRUNN.

My statement of this camp is as follow: In GERMANY there was a DP-camp named HEILBRUNN.
But: The AUSTRIAN camp HELLBRUNN was in the district of SALZBURG. (US Zone)

There is another HEILBRUNN in the district of STYRIA.
BUT: The district of styria was NOT OCCUPIED by the US ARMY.

On the shield in your website we see as follow: The name "HEILBRUNN", Camp 19, and an US coat of arms.

It is possible, that the coat of arms is an early symbol for the US CAVALRY.
Some US-Cavalry Batalions were reestablished as motorized US CONSTABULARY immediatly after WW II.
The US constabulary was also used as occupation troops.

Best regards

Thom-George Lackner firstsouthart@hotmail.com

Hellbrunn, reception centre, Land Salzburg (U.S.) UNRRA Team 316, See Satzburg for archives. (Do not confuse with Hellbrunn, Germany)

    ...Hellbrunn, Main, Land Salzburg (U.S.)
    ...Hellbrunn, Aged unit, Land Salzburg (U.S.)
    ...Hellbrunn, Transit centre ...Hellbrunn, Youth Center, formerly St. Gilgon, Land Salzburg (U.S.)


    June 07, 2014

    I am writing you as I see you posted some photos at www.dpcamps.org with regards to Salzburg Hellbrunn
    My father (Nickolas Dimitri Isotov) and grandfather(Feodor Dimitri Isotov) and grandmother (Uliana Leus Isotov) were at this camp, originally from Bryansk Russia. At least between 1954-56. Do you know where I could get more information about this camp in particular and any nearby boys' school (my father was at a boys' school nearby)???? My father died when I was quite young and we have so little history of our family. My ultimate goal would be to find if there are still any living relatives, possibly a sister or brother from my father, Nickolas Dimitri Isotov. Thanks for any help! Attached is a photo of the school we believe my father went to in Austria and a photo of the DP house that my grandfather and grandmother were later transferred to in Chevron, Belgium.

      Maria Maria IsotovMauifish11@gmail.com

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    Isotov photo on passbook   Nicholas Dimitri Isotov, my father


    Jagdhaus Felbertal  
    Jagdhaus Febertal postcard: Urlaubsheim Jagdhaus Felbertal d. Gewerkschaft öffentl. Angestellter, Salzburg (Tel Mittersill 71 Ob. Pinzgau) - Addressed to Daddy in Parsh Lager.  

    Photo of Daddy in Salzburg boys school 1951 - Nicholas is on the right side and his friend Dennis is on the left. Dennis left for America shortly after.


    school   House in Belgium
    Werkschullheim Felbertal b. Mittersill -
    School that Daddy went to in Austria

    Possible house in Chevron Belgium (bed and breakfast) where Grandfather Dimitri Feodor Isotov lived. Boarding house where folks had to wait to be placed, couldn't work and had no other documents than the UN ID card.

    jagdhaus Felbertal
    Urlaubsheim Jagdhaus Felbertal (Objekt 1)

      Salzberg Werkschulheim Felbertal
    Werkschulheim Felbertal b. Mittersill

    Salzburg Ski Team

      Here is a photo of my father's ski team, on far right, Nicholas Dimitri Isotov, with view of one of the camps in the back in Salzburg. You can see top of a Russian Orthodox church in Salzburg far left in photo.

    Feodor Dimitri was born in Chichkovo, Russia in 1893. He lived in DP Camps Hellbrunn and Parsch, Austria (1951-56). He moved to Chevron, Belgium, which orginally was two villas, then a third was added in the middle and another story added to each of the original homes. There were apparently 70 Russians living here waiting to be relocated. My grandfather died here in 1960 along with seven others (age or illness). From here my grandmother, Uliana Leus Isotov, was finally brought o USA via the Tolstoy Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. There are seven graves of other Russians buried in Chevron Belgium. The community (which I met recently) are the most warm and generous people. They just performed re-internment of all seven Russian graves into one Russian Family plot where the deceased are all named. I have photos of the grave markers with the names of the other Russians if their familes are still searching. We are searching for a living relative, possibly a sister (we don't know her name) of Nicholas Dimitri Isotov originally from Bryansk Russia and a brother, Dimitri Isotov.

    1/28/06 Dear Olga

      I can not find the place as DP camp Hellbrunn. But the town of Salzburg has a part of town called "Hellbrunn" -- it is a very beautiful part of this town, with a wonderful garden, parks, "animalgarden", and a castle Hellbrunn with waterplays. I think, the name is perhaps ident with the name "Stadt Salzburg" (translated town of Salzburg). St. Gilgen is a very nice place on a lake. I searched for the place "St. Gilgen" in Salzkammergut, but I couldn't find really important things about this place. In former times I noticed, that in Styria have been several dp-camps, but most don't like speaking about the past. Sometimes old people tell about the past, but I must say, it is really seldom. Many communities in Styria have destroyed important things about the time between 1938 - 1945 and later. Perhaps people lived after the war II in the district St. Gilgen, other places like Mondsee, Bad Ischl are in the near vicinity. Herta.


          Photos provided by klaus.fohringer@aon.at
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      stamp   Hellbrunn

      Stamp: Polish relief action, 1946;
      (source: USHMM)

        Salzburg Hellbrunn
      (source: Huber)
          Salzburgh Orthodox Priests


        Saltzburg Russian Orthodox Priests
      (source: Huber)



      Aug 23, 2014,

      My dad, Ivan Marak (a slave laborer during the war) from the Ukraine with a Polish birth certificate, lived with the family in Camp Hellbrunn 1948/49. He came to the USA in 1949. Every one came over except me who was sick. I lived in a small village in Seeham which is NE of Salzburg.

      Around 1951 I was brought back to Camp Hellbrunn (now in Salzburg) & was put in the same barracks that my family had lived in before they went to the USA. The barracks had been changed to kids only. We had about 10 kids living in my room. The oldest probably was about 18 who was supposedly a boxer, & the youngest about 7 or 8 which was my age. There were about 5 of us who left the camp every day to go to school (2nd grade for me).

      February 12 1952 about 5 of us were moved to Camp Lexenfeld (now in Salzburg) close by. The barrack probably had about 6 rooms. It seemed to be an old age home with one room for the kids. It was on top of a small hill with an air raid cement shelter on the way to the camp. We had a woman/nurse that was around during the day but went home at night. I also left camp to go to school.

      July 31 1952 I was taken to a Kids Home (not a camp) (Kinderheim) in Itzling (in 2013 its a kindergarden). All the kids were much younger so I had my own room with about 10 beds. When school started, my room filled up with school kids & we all went to school across the street.

      On October 15 of 1952 I flew to the USA to be reunited with my family who lived in Marshfield Wisconsin. Bob (Widitz) Marak

      Bob bobmarak@hotmail.com Hellbrunn Robert Marak 1 Bob (Widitz) Marak in Camp Lexenfeld 1952

      Photos below are from 1948-1949 click to enlarge

      Bob Marak  
      Ivan Marak Jr in DP Camp Hellbrunn  

      Maria Marak (second from left) Iwan Marak (right)
      Ivan Jr. (sitting with dog)


      Ivan Marak(left) with Polish tailor
      in DP Camp Hellbrunn
        Iwan Marak, Mike, Maria, Ivan Jr (standing with dog)
      in DP Camp Hellbrunn


      I was born on a farm in Obdahegg(?) Austria. My mother, Anastasia Siredzuk, also had a second daughter, Herlinda. I remember being at a DP camp (Hellbrunn maybe) later on – that is where she met and married my step-father Josef Schakalo. They emigrated to the United States. Any assistance you can provide to help fill in the gaps – both my parents refused to talk about the war and what happened later. Both of my parents are now deceased. This is very difficult; however, I feel it is important to find my roots. Matt Crouch mmcrouch@comcast.net


    1/23/06 Dear Olga,

      My mother is from the Ukraine. She is 80 years old but her memory is beginning to fade. I'm looking for relatives. My mother hasn't seen or heard from any family members since 1942. If my siblings and I have any relatives, we would be excited to discover them.

      My mother, Theodora Kondiak, was born in Zmijowiska, Ukraine. This is approximately five miles from Wielkie Oczy, Ukraine. Her mother's name was Katarzyna Dudek Kondiak.

      In 1942 Theodora was forced to leave Zmijowiska, Ukraine and work on a farm owned by Matthias Gahleitner. I can't read her German issued job card since it is written in German and I speak English. Under Matthias Gahleitner it has St. Peter a/Wbg., Kasten 33. Under that is the word Rohrbach. I think this may be somewhere in Austria.

      She worked there for 3 1/2 years. When Europe was liberated, she had to change her name in order to get into a displaced person's camp. The Ukrainian camps were full. Some Ukranian soldiers provided papers with the another name. She got into a Polish camp called Hellbrunn near Salzburg, Austria.

      She married an American soldier (Keith Leon Merrick) in the Austria Roman Catholic Church in 1946. My sister was born in 1946 at the Central DP Hospital, 1 Kajetaner Platz Salzburg, Austria. She gave an address of Enns, Austria on my sister's birth certificate. My father's residence on this certificate is listed as TRP C. 24th Constaburay Squadron, Enns, Austria. She left Hellbrunn, Salzburg (Austria) in 1945 to go to USA. The paper referred to the War Bride Staging Area.

      You've got a great web page. I've spent hours reading many stories that sound much like my mother's history. It's people like you and websites like yours that give me hope. Sincerely, Leo K. Merrick

    1/27/06 Followup:
    Another happy reunion
    through dpcamps.org. Leo has found his mother's family and will be making contact with them. St. Peter am Wimberg (St. Peter a. Wgb) in the distrcit Rohrbach and the part of the place was called "Kasten 33" im Mühlviertel. The place is in the country of Oberösterreich. You can find the place in near from Linz, the capital town from Oberösterreich.


Hochsteingasse / Studentenlager Hochsteingasse 37

Hoetting, (See Hötting below.)

Hohenems, at Dornbirn (French zone)

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Photo provided by mailto:klaus.fohringer@aon.at; (source: USHMM)

Hörsching DP Camp 60, has its own page. See also Kirchenholz

Hötting - UNRRA team 189?, (French zone). Hoetting is a district of Innsbruck . The former municipality was incorporated to Innsbruck 1938.

Lots more information on Austria I-K

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