According to the UNRRA instructions war criminals, collaborators and traitors had to be excluded from refugee camps and care, therefore on 11 February 1946 the head Office of the UNRRA in Germany urged the military authorities of the Allies to start inspections (screening) aimed at expelling the refugees of these categories from the camps. Inspections were widely carried out in the summer of 1946. They were sometimes rather subjectively conducted and people were expelled from refugee camps due to formal reasons. A little less than 10% of Latvian refugees lost their UNRRA status due to screening, which caused moral and physical suffering for many refugee families. Nevertheless, the expectations of the USSR authorities to achieve mass Latvian repatriation by screening were not met.

Lauingen camp commandant’s request to R. Liepiņš, representative of Latvian Red Cross on assistance to soldiers expelled from the camp. 17 July 1946.
LVA, 2806. f., 0. apr., 26. l., 6. lp.
Request about examinations (screenings) addressed to T. Grīnbergs, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. 9 September 1946.
LVA, 2335. f., 1. apr., 77. l., 3. lp.
Order on expelling from camp persons who have lost their DP status. 17 December 1946.
LVA, 2335. f., 1. apr., 77. l., 55. lp.
Letter on screenings from T. Grīnbergs, Archbishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia. 22 December 1946.
LVA, 2232. f., 0. apr., 21. l., 2. lp.
Latvian Central Committee report on examinations (screenings). 12 January 1947.
LVA, 2335. f., 1. apr., 78. l., 11. lp.
Letter from Latvian representative in Stuttgart to the Latvian Red Cross. 29 March 1947.
LVA, 2176. f., 2v. apr., 20. l., 76. lp.
Report on examinations (screenings) by A. Trapāns, representative of Baltic Central Council. 17 September 1948.
LVA, 2176. f., 2v. apr., 8. l., 11. lp.

The beginning of displacement

DP camps in Germany



Latvian soldiers in Germany

Care for refugees

Children in DP camps

Culture and sport activities


The Church

Latvian National Committee

Latvian National Committee in Bavaria

Latvian Central Council,
Latvian Central Committee


Organization “Latvian Red Cross” in Germany

Organization “Daugavas vanagi”

Youth organizations

Latvian Central Council

Latvian National Council

Public holidays

The Statehood representatives – Latvian envoys in DP camps

Unity of the Baltic States

The dispersal of refugees

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