DP Camp Foehrenwald
FOEHRENWALD, one of the largest Jewish DP camps in post-World War II Europe and the last to close (in 1957), was located in the section named Waldram now incorporated to the town of Wolfratshausen in Upper Bavaria, Germany (see also Wikipedia). Homeless Jews of Poland, Lithuania, Russia, Romania and Hungary waited there for their emigration to Israel, hoping to be able to start a new life in another country. They called themselves „She’erit Hapletah“, the surviving remnants.
The Anguish of the Holocaust Survivors – Camp Foehrenwald – Henry Cohen, Director of Camp Foehrenwald in 1946 – Talk at Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) April 13, 1996
The „BADEHAUS Waldram-Föhrenwald“ as a meeting and remembrance place
The society „Bürger fürs BADEHAUS Waldram-Föhrenwald e.V.“ („Citizens for the BATHHOUSE Waldram-Foehrenwald“) proposes to renovate the DP camp’s old bathhouse – in which the mikveh was installed as well – and convert it to a lively meeting and remembrance place. Based on documentation of contemporary witnesses, we want to convey and discuss our town’s more recent history, especially to young people.
On June 26, 2017 Noah Todd interviewed Dr. Sybille Krafft on the meaning and goals of the BADEHAUS project. This interview was undertaken as part of an MA research project at the University of York entitled To be reborn: Jewish survivors of the Holocaust in post-World War II Displaced Person (DP) camps – materiality and heritage significance. The full text of the study will be available shortly. Meanwhile read the transcription draft here!
Project description – full text in German
On May 8, 2015, the Erzbischöfliches Ordinariat München (administrative authority of the Archbishopric of Munich and Freising) – who owned the premises since close-down of the DP camp in 1957 and used the old bathhouse as lodgings for seminarists until a short time ago – allocated the estate including the BATHHOUSE to the association „Bürger fürs BADEHAUS Waldram-Föhrenwald“, so that now we can create a memorial here.
The municipality of Wolfratshausen, on the other hand, has very generously agreed to support us with the funding of about the half of the construction costs — provided, however, that we are able to raise the needed capital with private donations.
So, if we succeed in getting you enthusiastic about our project and if you can afford it, we would very very much welcome your donation, as small as it may be, to cover the costs for construction and renovation.
Meeting personally in Waldram (Foehrenwald)
We are especially pleased about face-to-face contacts and visits from former DP camp residents and, of course, their descendants (see Contemporary Witnesses Leslie Schwartz, Jack Adler, Shoshana Bellen, and Jessica Nysenbaum). Our project thrives on personal relationships and social exchange.
Communicating with you is important to us.
If you have questions, suggestions and ideas for our project, please send us an email. We are very much looking forward to reading from you!