Displaced persons camp in Hanau late 1940's
Hutier Kaserne March 2013
my Mom and family resided at the US displaced persons camp post World War II.
Does anyone know if the camp still exists. We'll be visiting this spring with my Mom and my kids.
Reply to displaced persons camp HanauBy Rita
I did some research about the displaced persons (DP) camp in Hanau and came up with this info. Actually, it is hard to find mentions of displaced people camps at all.
Obviously even US soldiers who were based at the barracks after the camp was closed, hardly knew that it had existed.
- There was a camp at Francois Kaserne installed immediately after the end of WW II. It was closed when the US army took over the barracks.
- There was another camp at Hutier Kaserne. I don't know how long at all this camp existed. There used to be a cairn at the ground of Hutier that mentioned the DP camp.
- The camps in Hanau don't exist anymore. All but two DP camps in Germany were closed by 1952. The last one was closed by the end of the 1950s.
So for your upcoming visit, you can still see the buildings of the former barracks at Lamboystrasse in Hanau. Since the US army left Hanau, they have all turned to civil use.
Buildings of the former Francois Kaserne on the right
The historic buildings of Hutier Kaserne have been sold to an investor just recently. The buildings will be renovated and provided for commercial and industrial use.
The buildings of Francois Kaserne house offices and a school for adult education, amongst user uses.
Hanau has changed a lot since those years after WW II. I wish you and your family a pleasant stay.