Soviet Camp 53

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Soviet Camp 53

Post by famtree » 18 Mar 2020 23:40

Researching a family member who was interned towards the end of the war by the soviets.

1.0 Red Cross cover letter - Rotes Kreuz, Postfach 56 - I assume 56 references a soviet camp - any leads as to where this could be

2.0 We have a leave form prior to his mobilisation dated 21st Oct 1944 for 4 week prior to mobilisation to the front not sure where but to the east or SE of Berlin. Their unit was overrun within weeks and he spent 4 years in a soviet camp before release. The special leave form contains the following:

von - der Dienststelle L 47 333 LG1? Berlin which we assume is his unit? we believe was anti aircraft battery unsure.

Would appreciate any comments or help

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Re: Soviet Camp 53

Post by GregSingh » 19 Mar 2020 09:06

:welcome:

Postfach is no more than just a PO Box. So it has to come together with a Post name or Post code (village, suburb, etc.)
It does not have much sense on its own.
If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

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Re: Soviet Camp 53

Post by famtree » 19 Mar 2020 09:22

The red cross cover definitely covered for a prisoner letter - from another site the Post Office and number referenced a camp number - eg the other example has post office 317a (attached below) which is a camp in Riga area. A letter home was attached to the Red Cross cover.
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Re: Soviet Camp 53

Post by GregSingh » 19 Mar 2020 23:01

Red Cross PO Box 56 in Soviet Union was for Bobrujsk area, now in Belarus.
If we become increasingly humble about how little we know, we may be more eager to search.

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Re: Soviet Camp 53

Post by famtree » 20 Mar 2020 06:45

thanks for the lead

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