A place of hope

Visiting two former DP enclaves in Germany provides insights into the past – and present.

By BAD REICHENHALL, ST. OTTILIEN
February 5, 2018 23:07
Col. Stefan Leonhard provides a tour of the Bad Reichenhall military base that housed 6,000 Jewish r

Col. Stefan Leonhard provides a tour of the Bad Reichenhall military base that housed 6,000 Jewish refugees in the years after World War II . (photo credit: BERNARD DICHEK)

“This place was once known as Camp Tikvah, the place of hope,” says Col. Stefan Leonhard, as he guides me through the main gate of the German army’s 23rd Mountain Infantry Brigade.

I am in the Bavarian town of Bad Reichenhall at the site of an often-overlooked chapter in the history of the Holocaust. After World War II ended, the American army offered Jewish survivors shelter in the American- occupied zone of southern Germany.

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