Family in Camp Life
Families and individuals worked to create normalicy in their daily camp lives. We see here that children played, adolescents sought voactional training and participated in sports, and families did what they do best: people married, baptized children and celebrated holdiays.
Although the DP Camps provided a means of safety, it didn't always prevent separation. In 1944 the Burneikis family took refuge with a German family near Altenkirchen, where they stayed for several weeks. When the Germans conscripted the father to dig trenches for the war effort, the family was separated. A year later, having discovered the whereabouts of his family through the International Red Cross, the father arrived at the Rebdorf DP camp and found his wife and child. It took the son several days to acknowledge his father, and he insisted that his “Daddy is away digging trenches.”