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Displaced persons board ship in Bremerhaven, Germany to relocate to the United States

Film | Accession Number: 2003.213 | RG Number: RG-60.4186 | Film ID: 3026

Bremerhaven, Germany at the port of embarkation. US military personnel mill about, arranging signs, helping DPs with luggage, guiding the refugees through this stage of the emigration process. They are on their way to the United States, a large painted banner on the docks reads: "Welcome to the first DP Emigrants to the US, Bremerhaven Port of Embarkation" Refugees board the ship (the General Wm. M. Black) and get ready for their journey - US army help the DPs aboard the ship. Everyone seems very happy, even the children, some have looks of bewilderment on their faces. All are in overcoats, carrying luggage, and they have name tags/ ID tags on their clothing. 01:00:40 and 01:03:40 -- Another banner over the deck of the ship reads: "Ship to freedom" with DPs, including John (Ivan) Poliszczuk. Press and camera crews are visible; a military band plays for the event. As the DPs board the ship, US Army man directs them from the top of gangplank: men are sent to one side, women and children to the other. The passengers wave from the ship's deck to the camera, the camera follows the ship as it heads out to sea. The ship moves out of sight.

01:04:27 VS of dockworkers at the port of Linz (on the Danube River in Austria), loading and unloading other ships and barges with raw materials.

Event:  approximately 1948
Bremerhaven, Germany
Linz, Austria
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, gift of Julien Bryan Archive
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 21:57:00
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