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Close-up of a liberated Russian forced laborer who had worked in a farm near Duren.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 55305

Close-up of a liberated Russian forced laborer who had worked in a farm near Duren.

Allied Drives Free Thousands of Nazi Slaves
As Allied armies on the Western Front sweep eastward across the Reich, they are freeing tens of thousands of foreign workers from Nazi slave labor camps. These displaced persons are temporarily placed in repatriation camps until they can be transported to their homelands by the Allies. At the camps, they are carefully questioned to make sure they are not German soldiers disguised as civilians. At one displaced persons center, 28 out of 3,000 men proved to be German troops attempting to flee into Belgium or Holland.

By March 19, 1945, freed French slave workers were arriving in Paris at the rate of 2,000 daily and it was estimated that approximately 2,500,060 French nationals were still inside Germany. Estimates of the total number of foregin workers in the Reich run as high as 20,600,000, most of them Russians or Poles. U.S. General of the Army Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Commander- in-Chief Allied Expeditionary Force, has requested the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration to train between 3,500 and 6,000 persons to operate assembly centers, and 21 UNRRA teams had arrived in Europe by March 31.

These pictures show a few of the 5,000 dispalced persons registered at a single repatriation camp on the Western Front during 12 days.

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: Paule Owdalian, Russian who was often beaten by his Nazi farm master near captured Duren, will be given the best available food and medical treatment before making the long journey home. He was a German slave for two years, during which time he was badly fed and housed in a prison camp. Associated Press Photo

Circa 1945
Duren, [North Rhine-Westphalia] Germany
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
Record last modified: 2012-02-28 00:00:00
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