The Fürth displaced persons (DP) camp was located in the American-occupied zone of the Bamberg District in Fürth and organized from fifty requisitioned German houses. It held primarily Jewish survivors of the Holocaust.
The camp maintained a Talmud Torah (religious elementary school) and a kosher kitchen, supervised by Rabbi Spiro, which fed up to 200 persons, as well as a mikvah (Jewish ritual bath). At its peak in December 1945, the camp housed 850 Jews but by July 1949, only 76 remained.
Fürth ceased operations on July 15, 1949.
Series: Displaced Persons Camps
Critical Thinking Questions
- What challenges did survivors face in the DP camps?
- What challenges did the Allies face in establishing and supervising DP camps?
- What responsibilities do (or should) other nations have regarding refugees from war and genocide?