A Short History of Junkers Camp, Bettenhausen, KasselDonald F. McGonigal, UNRRA, 1947 (monograph)

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The most suitable one for our purposes, seems to be England. Later when the emigration problem will be solved, it would be possible to emigrate to a country overseas from there.
The Central Committee in cooperation with the Baltic Committee is trusted to further the emigration question. The present chairman is kindly requested to help to settle this problem."


There were no further cases of repatriation during this phase a none of the conditions which must precede a successful repatriation campaign such as free mail and visits of representative DPs to the occupied countries have been realized. In March, the Director received copies of a book for distribution, with the title "On Refugees and Displaced Persons" published in Riga in 1947 which contained the speeches of Vishinski and Gromiko to the UN General Assembly in New York in 1946, which it will be recalled, contained such passage as the following:

".......those people who do want to (return home) are beaten, terrorized, put in prison or thrown into dungeon, publicly flogged, and all this happens under the banner of a humanitarian and international organization."

The effect of such fantastic propaganda on repatriation can be imagined.

Latvian Congress

Fifty-two representatives of the Latvian displaced per­sons in all three zones in Germany and in Denmark, assembled in Junkers Camp on February 13th. to discuss their problems, to elect a new Latvian Central Committee, to elect new members for the Baltic Central Council, which operates only in the British Zone, and to transact other business It should be mentioned here that the relations of the Latvians in Junkers with their Central Committee have always been friendly, and the Committee never interferes with camp administration, it being chiefly concerned with school curricula, cultural programs and so on. The delegates who met in February were elected in Junkers and other Latvian camps last


This content transcribes an original report of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), a separate copy of which is filed in the United Nations Archives (UNA), Reference number: S-1021-0081-05, Title: Monographs - DP-US 20 - Displaced Persons - United States Zone (Germany) - Histories of Individual Camps - History Report No. 30, Report: Baltin Camp in Bettenhausen, Kassel by D. F. McGonigal, Date: April 13, 1945. The UNA grants rights to reproduce with attribution. Additionally, this content is protected as a derivative work under Latvian Copyright Law Chapter 2 § 5 ¶ 3 and as part of a collection under Chapter 3 § 5 ¶ 1.2.

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