1948 — Augsburg and Bremen 1948? – Wladsylaw, Lidia and Friend1948? – Wladsylaw, Lidia and Friend (back)Wladyslaw and FriendWladyslaw and FriendWladyslaw and FriendsWladyslaw and FriendsWladyslaw and FriendsWladyslaw, Lidia, and PriestWladyslaw, Lidia, and Group1948 – Wladyslaw Age 17Wladyslaw(4th from left) and Soccer TeamWladyslaw and FriendsWladyslaw (top left)Lidia and FriendsWladyslaw Assembly Center RegistrationMay 2, 1949 – Transfer from Augsburg1949? – Wladyslaw and Lidia with BaggageIRO Camp Grohn PostcardApril 27, 1948 — The Parfomuks transferred to another camp in Augsburg, a resettlement center which housed DPs with permission to emigrate to the United States. It appears they remained for nearly a year, however, awaiting passage overseas. (From August 13 to September 3, 1948 Wladyslaw went away to a Scout camp.) On March 25, 1949, the Parfomaks were set to be transferred to a Polish DP camp Böblingen, possibly as a transitory location for emigrants enroute to northern Germany for travel overseas. But the later record shows the family departing Augsburg on May 2, 1949.The Parfomuk family left Augsburg for the IRO Center at Camp Grohn in Bremen, which was a staging camp for DP emigrants. According to another account, at the camp, DP’s were prepared for their emigration by having vaccinations and medical exams. They also were required to watch films about what to do in the camp and attended two-day information sessions about life in the United States, including sessions about becoming a citizen, American history, government, customs, employment, money, and weights and measures. Emigres remained at the camp until the day of their ship’s departure, when they would board a train for the short trip to the port.
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herewith, I want to ask for permission for the use of material from your page in our exhibition.
At Jacobs University Bremen, Bremen, Germany, we actually are working on an exhibition project about the history of the university campus. The buildings which form today Jacobs University from 1947 until 1952 were used as Displaced Persons Camp called Camp Grohn.
Since the beginning of that year, we started research and work in order to open an exhibition about this history of the building complex in the end of 2021. The exhibition actually is prepared in two seminars with students under my supervision (see https://www.bing.com/search?q=an+exhibition+created+by+students&cvid=a223bc4930b940febd56f0c885275f7b&aqs=edge.0.69i59j69i61j69i57j0l4.4691j0j4&pglt=545&FORM=ANAB01&PC=HCTS). We plan the opening for December 2021. The exhibition will be both physical and virtual. In a concrete room at Jacobs university we present a panel exhibition, additionally we work with AR and VR formats in order to make the exhibition accessible also for visitors abroad. Additionally, we will work on an exhibition catalogue.
Searching the internet, I came across to your page., We would like to include the emigration story presented there in our exhibition. Can we get a high-resolution scan of the photographs? Are there other photographs or documents (letters, passports) or even items (personal belongings) related to Camp Grohn? Please tell us the conditions, eventually applying fees and the necessary quotation of your material in our exhibition.
With many thanks in advance, hoping for a positive reply and with best greetings
PD Dr. Rüdiger Ritter
Jacobs University Bremen
Te.: +49 152 27564916