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Traunstein Displaced Persons
Introduction by: Peter Landé

BACKGROUND

Traunstein, located in southeast Bavaria, was the site of a former Dachau subcamp.  In 1946 it was converted into a Displaced Persons (DP) camp for Jewish refugees, primarily from Eastern Europe.  During the camp’s existence, children were born in the camp and they are included in this collection.

Traunstein was intended as a temporary stopover as survivors sought to emigrate or decided to return to their countries of origin. The “population” varied in number during its use.  It was limited to Jews from all over Europe, the largest places of origin were Poland and Hungary, due to anti-Semitic problems in other camps.  It remained open until 1949. 

Further information on many of these persons, including their destinations, is available on the Bad Arolsen website.  Start at https://arolsen-archives.org/en/ (the Arolsen website), type in Traunstein and utilize the alphabetical index for such files.

This 1947 collection consists of names, adults and children, males and females, date and place of birth and prewar nationality.

DATABASE

This database includes 11,659 persons who spent time in the Traunstein Displaced Persons Camp.

The fields for this database are as follows:

  • Surname
  • Given name
  • Birth date
  • Birth place / nationality
  • Last country of residence
  • Last city of residence
  • Displaced Person's ID #
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Arrival date
  • Transfer country
  • Transfer city
  • Remark / Occupation
  • Comments
  • Source (Image references correspond to files at the USHMM)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

The information contained in this database was indexed from the files available at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. A team of JewishGen volunteers, led by Carol Oliver, Coordinator, Alicia Goldstein, Diana Simcha and Esther Simon compiled the list.

In addition, thanks to JewishGen Inc. for providing the website and database expertise to make this database accessible. Special thanks to Avrami Groll for his continued contributions to Jewish genealogy. Particular thanks to Nolan Altman, Director of Special Projects and Coordinator of JewishGen's Holocaust Database files.

Nolan Altman
Director of Special Projects - Holocaust Database
February 2021

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