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Q: World War II - Displaced Persons (Refugee) Camps - Germany ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: World War II - Displaced Persons (Refugee) Camps - Germany
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: slipshod-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 03 Jun 2006 17:37 PDT
Expires: 03 Jul 2006 17:37 PDT
Question ID: 735096
In WW II Germany there were a number of Displaced Person or Refugee
camps and there were, in various cities throughout Germany, so-called
NSF points, places where displaced persons (refugees) got registered,
signed up for food coupons, and received medical care and temporary
housing. These displaced persons were then distributed to the various
DP camps in Germany. These camps were refugee or DP camps, not
concentration camps.

I need to know what NSF is an acronym for. It is likely that NSF is an
acronym for the full name of these centers where DP's were processed.
It is possible that the full name is in German.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 03 Jun 2006 18:06 PDT
Dear slipshod,

Being German, I think I know what the acronym "NSF" stands for in this
particular context. However, to avoid giving you a wrong answer I'd
like to make sure I'm searching in the right direction:

- For most of the war, Germany knew only one group of people who
needed the kind of help you describe: Those who had lost their homes
due to bombing raids (the number of these people grew immensely in the
last years of the war). Do you believe that this group are part of the
"refugees" you have in mind?

- In the last months of the war, another group of refugees emerged:
Those from the eastern parts of the Reich who were fleeing from the
advancing Soviet army. Do you believe that this group are part of the
"refugees" you have in mind?

This is important because only those two groups of people needed the
kind of support you described in WW II Germany. After the war ended,
there were far more displaced Germans needing help, but you mentioned
only Germany during WW II. This leads to my final and probably most
important question:

- You do refer only to Germany during WW II, not to early post-war Germany, do you?

I'm looking forward to your response!

Clarification of Question by slipshod-ga on 03 Jun 2006 18:13 PDT
That's good news, Scriptor.
I will have the answers to your questions later this evening or
tomorrow morning and will post them here when I do.

Request for Question Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 03 Jun 2006 18:24 PDT
One possibility that a German speaker may wish to look into is the
Nationalsozialistischer Führungsstab, a service within the Army, I
believe, that seems to have had a public works/construction function,
as far as I can tell.

Good luck,


Clarification of Question by slipshod-ga on 03 Jun 2006 18:39 PDT
The people whose family member I am trying to help were fleeing the
advancing Soviet Army from Lithuania. That about as much as I can
readily find out.

Clarification of Question by slipshod-ga on 03 Jun 2006 18:41 PDT
The period involved was 1944 to the end of the war in 1945.

Request for Question Clarification by scriptor-ga on 03 Jun 2006 18:52 PDT
Thank you very much! I will work on an answer to your question in a
few hours (it's 3:50 in the morning for me now, so I will start
working on it tomorrow, after I've had some sleep).

Subject: Re: World War II - Displaced Persons (Refugee) Camps - Germany
Answered By: scriptor-ga on 04 Jun 2006 05:41 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Dear slipshod,

I have do doubt that "NSF", in the context described by you, stands
for "Nationalsozialistische Frauenschaft" (short: NS-Frauenschaft,
acronym: NSF), which means "National Socialist Women's Organisation".

The NSF was the official umbrella organisation for Nazi women's
organisations, together with the Deutsches Frauenwerk (German Women's
Movement, DFW) where former non-Nazi organisations had been pooled.

Reichsfrauenführerin (Reich Women's Leader) Gertrud Scholtz-Klink
(1902-1999) presided over both NSF and DFW, so they were effectively
one single organisation comprising all German women's organisations.
In addition, Gertrud Scholtz-Klink was also  Leiterin des
Reichsfrauenbunds des Deutschen Roten Kreuzes (Leader of the Reich
Women's League of the German Red Cross) and of the Frauenamt der
Deutschen Arbeitsfront (Women's Bureau of the German Labour
Organisation, a universal Nazi substitute organisation for the
abolished trade unions), making the NSF effectively a widely ramified
organisation with access to a wide range of resources, such as canteen
and field kitchens, clothing, health care facilities and much more,
not to mention a huge pool of personnel and organisational structures
that spanned the entire country.

One of the main fields of activity of the NSF was charitable work.
During the war, this was expanded to providing support to those who
had lost their homes as a result of boming raids. Since the NSF's
leader was also presiding over other women's organisations, those too
were incorporated into the work.

When in late 1944 refugees from the eastern parts of Germany started
arriving, very often without any property and under chaotic
circumstances, the NSF was among the organisations providing support
to these persons and organising lodging and catering for them.

It should not be concealed that, apart from all charitable aspects,
the NSF was an organisation completely devoted to the views and aims
of the Nazi ideologists.

Best regards,

Clarification of Answer by scriptor-ga on 04 Jun 2006 10:31 PDT
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you that I'm an author of fiction, writing mainly stories and novels
dealing with speculative history (or alternate history, as it is more
widely known). History is what fascinates me most, and it's always a
pleasant experience to share my knowledge here at Google Answers.

Best regards,
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