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HELP!! The search for the dead of the POW-Camp Aigen-Austria may-july 1945

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  • HELP!! The search for the dead of the POW-Camp Aigen-Austria may-july 1945

    Hello,

    from the first days of May 1945 until the withdrawal of the U.S. troops in July /August 1945 (Austria became a Russian occupation zone) was in Aigen, Austria set up a POW camp. An estimated 27,000 German soldiers were imprisoned there.
    The camp was strictly divided in a “Wehrmacht” camp and behind barbed wire fences, “Waffen-SS”
    An estimated 1,500 soldiers died in this camp.
    The deceased soldiers were always placed at the camp-gate and from there they were transported by truck and buried somewhere...
    But where???

    According to our previous information, was at the beginning the 11th armored division (“Thunderbolt”) responsible for that POW -Camp. Precisely: Sources indicates the 778.Tank Battalion. Well, with the 778th tank battalion, we do not know exactly. But it seems when one reads in the history of this unit:
    http://www.11tharmoreddivision.com/h...h_TB_co_c.html
    “…On 5 May we were in Aigen. On the 6th of May, the 1st platoon and company headquarters crossed the Austrian border into Czechoslovakia and stopped in a town called Glockelberg. The 2nd platoon took the right fork in the road at Aigen and headed for Unter-Mouldau aiso across the border, where they dickered with Nazi Officers for the surrender of the 11th Panzer Division. The third platoon was in Aigen with Division Hqs….“
    And there were tanks around the camp!
    Even units of the 26th Infantry Division could be involved.

    Late May / early June the guarding of the camp was handed over to an infantry unit, probably from the 65th Infantry Division.

    We have now made it to our task to find these dead and bringing them to a dignified resting place.
    We are authorized by local authorities of the Republic of Austria, to search for these deaths.

    Please, please help us to find these Peoples, to bring them “home”, to give them "her names back"

    Where are today the records of this period of the 11th arm. division, the 26th, 65th infantry division? The diaries? Somewhere it must have been written something about these things. How we can get these informations??

    Who can help us? Anyone who has information’s, contacts, ideas ?

    A sketch of the POW-camp: http://www.wwwbenny.de/vermisst/Sketch_Aigen_1945.jpg

    All these dead soldiers were buried anonymously, nobody was informed, until now. What that means I need not explain. Even today, so many years after the war ended, the relatives are searching after them. Often this search on the deathbed is inherited from generation to generation. And we must urgently bring light into this darkness!


    Something about us:
    The „Verein zur Klaerung von Schicksalen Vermisster und Gefallener e.V.“ (Association for clarifying fates of missed and fallen) - VKSVG for short – voluntary researches in whole Europe for World War 2 war graves, no matter of the soldiers nationality. It cares for the excavation and transfer to a worthy final place to rest.
    The VKSVG cares for several urban war cemeteries with fallen soldiers, of any nation.
    The association runs an internet forum concerning the research for missed soldiers and World War 2 at all.

    You can find more information following the link: http://www.vksvg.eu
    A small movie about our work you can find here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMKmj3IWQ6o

    We already now want to assure that we will treat all information strictly confidential, nothing will pass to the press, which would take perhaps a "bad light" on the U.S. Army.
    The War is over, and whatever happened, happened.

    Thank you in advance.
    Greetings from Germany

    Benny
    E-mail: benny(-aht-)vermisst-gefallen.net

  • #2
    I believe this to be quite a worthy thing!

    Any help for such an endeavour as finding the unknown graves of the fallen transcends the politics of the times to the families & generations that followed.

    Good Luck with this mate!
    On the Plains of Hesitation lie the blackened bones of countless millions who, at the dawn of victory, sat down to rest-and resting... died. Adlai E. Stevenson

    ACG History Today

    BoRG

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    • #3
      Good initiative.

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      • #4
        The best starting point would be to contact the National Archives and Records Administration in Washington, DC. Here is their website:

        http://www.archives.gov/

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        • #5
          Hello, und Guten Abend,
          Thanks for the encouragement.

          so far we have done the following things:
          wrote to the website- admins from:
          65th infantry division
          26th infantry division
          11th armored division

          Until now only the 11th have answered- they have no records about Aigen...

          We have placed posts in various forum -Incidentally, you are the first forum where answers are

          We wrote to the U.S. Army Center of Military History
          Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington,

          @skoblin- thanks for your note!! Yes we will try this also.

          Last night I spoke with a former prisoner, then not even 17 years old, radio operator of an SS division.
          He confirmed that there was no registration in the camp and every day there were many dead. And were -unregistered- secretly buried somewhere---no information to the local authorities, not even later - among the Americans-something I never thought possible...
          Sorry...

          Greetings from Germany
          Benny

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          • #6
            Good luck, wish I could help, but I don't know much. I will do some research though.

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            • #7
              Long shot I know.
              But have you tried the Commonwealth war graves commission. They might be able to help point you in the right direction.
              Winnie says
              ---------------------------------
              "He fell out of a Gestapo car, over a bridge, and onto a railway line. Then was run over by the Berlin Express.

              It was an Accident."
              Herr Flick.

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