Displaced Persons (1948-1959) – Metro Detroit

Displaced-PersonTwo years after the end of World War II in Europe, some 850,000 people lived in DP camps across Europe, among them Armenians, Poles, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Yugoslavs, Jews, Greeks, Russians, Ukrainians and Czechoslovaks. This is according to author Mark Wyman in his sensitively written book DPs: Europe’s Displaced Persons, 1945-1951. Generous people, mainly from the Metro Detroit area, served as sponsors for hundreds of Polish displaced persons to be brought here to the United States. Often referred to as the Home Offerer, sponsors had to provide housing and employment for the DP without taking away from an American citizen’s job. Although there may be some duplication in the extraction because of the method records were designed and maintained, PARI has in its collection over 2,000 index cards created for over a decade recording a part of history for these refugees and many of their most benevolent sponsors.

About half of the cards in the collection show not only the name of the Displaced Person and the camp from whence they were arriving; but, also the name and address of their sponsor. If you find an extracted name in our indices or images and would like to acquire a copy of that item, simply fill out the contact form with the corresponding information (date, volume, page, etc.) you found in the index. Friends of The Polish Mission members are charged $3.00 per record and non-members are charged $5.00 per record. Payments may be made in person or online using PayPal. Please use the Donate button. Contact us to find out how to become part of Friends of The Polish Mission.