1 Reply Latest reply on Dec 18, 2020 1:38 PM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking help with number code of camp and team

    Cathy Vandooren Newbie

      With the little information I have about my grandmother during WWII I have some prints from a Bad Arolsen file. This contains a liberation card, but I don't seem to be able to find any information regarding the team and camp number. Could you please give me some more information? I add a photo...

      Liberation card
      The information below contains the places where she was employed as a forced laborer :

      Thank you very much in advance.

        • Re: Seeking help with number code of camp and team
          Rachael Salyer Navigator

          Dear Ms. Vandooren,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          From the image you uploaded, it looks like the source of the information about your grandmother is “UNRRA Team 149.” The UNRRA, or the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration, carried out the principle task of caring for and repatriating the millions of non-German refugees, from the end of the war until June 30, 1947. Based on the information on the card you shared, it seems likely that your grandmother was interviewed or assisted by Team 149. A brief history of the UNRRA is available in the National Archives Catalog.


          We searched the Catalog and located the G-5 (Civil Affairs) Division Numeric Files, 8/1943-7/1945 of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) in the Records of Allied Operational and Occupation Headquarters, World War II (Record Group 331) that contains 2 file units about UNRRA Assembly Center Teams. We also located the SHAEF Adjutant General’s Decimal Files, 1944-1945 that includes 1 file unit about UNRRA teams and the Twelfth Army Group Decimal Files, 1944-1945 that includes 1 file unit about UNRRA teams in Record Group 331. These records have not been digitized. Please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at archives2reference@nara.gov for information about and access to them. You also may review additional series related to the UNRRA in the Catalog. Please note that these records contain administrative information, policies, reports, and similar records; they do not contain information about specific individuals.


          The last known location of “Camp 678” listed on the card that you shared likely refers to the displaced persons (DP) camp where your grandmother lived after the war. We searched the Catalog and located 34 series of the Records of the Displaced Persons Commission (Record Group 278) that consists of policy and administrative files. They do not include files relating to individual displaced persons or lists of names of displaced persons. The individual case files have been destroyed. For more information, please contact RDT2 for assistance.


          Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


          You also may be interested in this article that notes the location of DP Camp Number 678 as being on the site of the former Boelcke-Kaserne Concentration Camp and the website Displaced Persons' camps in Ulm Germany provides some information about the camp and provides links to other collections that may be useful for your research.


          Next, the Arolsen Archives provides an online e-Guide to many of the different types of records in their collections. The website currently includes guides to records related to concentration camps and displaced persons. The guide to records related to forced labor will be available in 2021.


          In addition, we suggest you review the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration webpages and about Displaced Persons on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s (USHMM) website. Please Contact the Museum for further assistance.


          Finally, the United Nations Archives and Records Management Section provides information about their collection online at United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) (1943-1946). Their online finding aid indicates that they have records related to Team 149 - Ulm - UNARMS You may wish to contact them to learn more.


          We hope this information is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!