Displaced persons camp in Hanau late 1940's

by Kris
(Wisconsin, US)

Hutier Kaserne March 2013

Hutier Kaserne March 2013

Hutier Kaserne March 2013 Hutier Kaserne in the distance (left with grey roofs)

Hi all,

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.
Thanks!

Reply to displaced persons camp Hanau

By Rita

Hi Kris,

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.


lamboystrasse hanau

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.

Rita

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Nov 19, 2016
Correction NEW
by: A. Bisers

year of departure should be Dec., 1949

Nov 11, 2016
Eight year old at camp. NEW
by: Arvids Bisers

I was eight when we left to go to the US in
Dec., 1945. My family lived in two places in the Kaserne and I started school there.

Regards

Sep 11, 2016
Hutier Kaserne
by: Lila R

I was a MP and lived on Hutier from 1992-1996. I have great memories of my time there. I had no ideal it had been a DP camp. Thank you for posting these pictures.

Jan 17, 2014
Hutier Kaserne Displaced Persons Camp
by: Adam White

I fear this is too late for your trip. When you enter Hutier, turn right and go to the last barracks on the right (it's a 3 to 4 story building). You will see a stone about 3 feet tall commemorating the Displaced Persons Camp. Hope this helps.

Jan 17, 2014
born in Hanau
by: George Pugach

I was born in Hanau on April 7, 1946 to Russian parents. My Mom received compensation from the German government for her forced labour. The amount
of $6000 was miserly, but I suppose it was the thought that counted! Amazing that the Germans had all the info on her, how she was brought to Hnau against her will from Russia!!

May 03, 2013
Lived in the Hanau DP camp
by: A. Malinauskas

My family and I left Gotha in 1945 when east Germany was turned over the Russians. Ended up in the DP camp in Hanau. Lived there until 1948 than we got passage on the first UNRRA sponsored ship to the US.

Mar 10, 2013
THANKS
by: Kris

Thanks so much for the photos and the information--very helpful!
Kris

Mar 10, 2013
Hutier Kaserne
by: Rita


Here are more photos:

abandoned hutier kaserne

Hutier Kaserne March 2013

abandoned hutier kaserne

There is a lot of building activity at the Kaserne right now. The building in the background has been renovated, others will follow.

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