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A Swiss woman speaks with a United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration member about her capture and servitude during the Nazi Regime.

Photograph | Photograph Number: 55306

A Swiss woman speaks with a United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration member about her capture and servitude during the Nazi Regime.

The official caption reads:
Allies Speed Repatriation of Displaced Persons Inside Germany
Liberated by the Allied armies in Germany, more than four million men, women and children, former slaves of the Nazi war machine, are free to return to their native lands as soon as repatriation machinery makes it possible. Meanwhile, these displaced persons are being gathered from the fields, factories and roadsides of Germany by Military Government authorities and placed in amps where they are registered, fed, clothed, sheltered and given medical attention.

Persons of almost a dozen nationalities, living in separate camps wherever possible, are guided along democratic lines in the operation of their communities. U.S. Army oficcials set up the displaced persons centers, guard the exterior of the camps and turn over the guidance problems to international teams representing the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administrations. Once all the displaced persons are repatriated, UNRRA's job in Germany is finished, as it has nothing to do with Germans or military activities.

The Governments of Belgium, Holland, France and Luxembourg, have already brought thousands of their nationals home. By May 17, 1945, nearly 500,000 liberated prisoners-of-war and political deportees were evacuated from German camps. The group included 604,950 Frnech, 120,140 British and 62,981 Americans. All the Americans, 100,000 Frenchmen and 119,000 Britons were evacuated by air.

THIS PHOTO SHOWS: A Swiss woman who said she wandered across the German frontier near her home in 1941 and was immediately picked up by SS men to be placed into servitude tells her story to an UNRRA representative as two other displaced persons look on at Fort Ehrebritstein.

Date
Circa 1945
Photo Credit
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Joseph Eaton
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Record last modified: 2012-02-28 00:00:00
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