Deggendorf DP Camp Work Certificate of Lilly Schwarz
Work certificate of Lilly Schwarz born 1904, stamps cover the years 1946 to 1947.
After the war, those that survived the concentration camps often had nowhere to go. Their homes were often inhabited by non-Jews who did not want them to return. The townspeople believed all the anti-Semitic propaganda the Nazis had spread so they were hostile to returning Jews, who all appeared sick and poor. Usually, survivors wound up in Displaced Persons (DP) Camps, set up by the Allies. Deggendorf DP camp was in Bamberg, Germany. The 2,000 Jews there enjoyed two newspapers (one being a Zionist newspaper written in Yiddish), a large library, a theater group, a synagogue, a mikveh (Jewish ritual bath), and a kosher kitchen. The Organization for Rehabilitation through Training (ORT) operated a vocational training school in Deggendorf that offered a variety of occupations. Deggendorf DP camp closed on June 15, 1949.