On September 25, 2012, members of the Historical Society Wolfratshausen (Historischer Verein Wolfratshausen e.V.) and of the Urban Settlement Alliance Waldram (Siedlungsgemeinschaft Waldram) joined forces to launch the society „Bürger fürs BADEHAUS Waldram-Föhrenwald“. Our main goal was to save the townscape’s distinctive building on Kolpingplace — in which once the sanitary facilities and a mikveh of the DP camp were installed — from demolition and convert it into a meeting and documentation place.
• Dr. h.c. Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Israelitische Kultusgemeinde München und Oberbayern
„This project has my full support and my emphatic approval. It would be an important signal for the perpetuation of a wise culture of remembrance in our land to preserve this special location for us and the following generations.“
• Dr. Max Mannheimer†, survivor of the Holocaust, chairman of Lagergemeinschaft Dachau and vice president of the Comité International de Dachau
„Your honorary commitment to the remembrance of the darkest chapter in the German history is exemplary.“
In order to preserve the BADEHAUS as a monument and place of remembrance for coming generations, we should like to ask you for your help: every contribution is valuable and very much welcome. And please don’t forget to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know to whom we should dedicate our prayers of gratitude and send a tax receipt.
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• The Anguish Of The Holocaust Survivors – Henry Cohen, Director of the Camp Foehrenwald, in: Talk at Conservative Synagogue of Fifth Avenue on Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day), August 13, 1996, © 1996 Henry Cohen
• Waiting for Hope. Jewish Displaced Persons in Post-World War II Germany – Angelika Königseder and Juliane Wetzel, 2001, Northwestern University Press, 299 pages
The authors: Angelika Königseder and Juliane Wetzel are historians affiliated with the Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism in Berlin. Text: © amazon
From the back cover: „After the defeat of Germany in World War II, hundreds of thousands of Jewish survivors of the Holocaust were transported to camps maintained by the Allies for displaced persons (DPs). In Waiting for Hope: Jewish Displaced Persons in Post-World War II Germany, historians Angelika Königseder and Juliane Wetzel offer a social and cultural history of the DP camps.
Starting with the discovery of Nazi death camps by Allied forces, Königseder and Wetzel describe the inadequate preparations that had been made for the starving and sick camp survivors. News of having to live in camps again was devastating to these survivors, and many Jewish survivors were forced to live side by side with non-Jewish anti-Semitic DPs. The Allied soldiers were ill equipped to deal with the physical wreckage and mental anguish of their charges, but American rabbis soon arrived to perform invaluable work helping the survivors cope with grief and frustration.
Königseder and Wetzel devote attention to autonomous Jewish life in the DP camps. Theater groups and orchestras prospered in and around the camps; Jewish newspapers began to publish; kindergartens and schools were founded; and a tuberculosis hospital and clinic for DPs was established in Bergen-Belsen. Underground organizations coalesced to handle illegal immigration to Israel and the training of soldiers to fight in Palestine. In many places there was even a last flowering of shtetl life before the DPs began to scatter to Israel, Germany, and other countries.
Drawing on original documents and the work of other historians, Waiting for Hope sheds light on a largely unknown period in postwar Jewish history and shows that the suffering of the survivors did not end with the war.“ Text: © amazon
• in German only: Jüdisches Leben in München 1945–1951 – Juliane Wetzel, 1987, Neue Schriftenreihe des Stadtarchivs, München
• in German only: Politische und kulturelle Geschichte der judischen displaced persons anhand des von den USA verwalteten Lagers Foehrenwald in der amerikanischen Besatzungszone – Joachim Schroeder, self published 1990, 338 pages