Among the Displaced Persons camps scattered across occupied Germany after World War II was one at Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps. A small camp compared to some of the other temporary homes for displaced Latvians, Insula provided some of the most breathtaking vistas.
Two brothers, Ventis and John Plūme, spent part of their young lives in the Insula camp and have now edited a book of memories and photographs, Insula Displaced Persons Assembly Center: A Latvian Memoir. Ventis Plūme, who lives in Alaska, and John Plūme, who lives in Minnesota, have worked on the book for several years. They collected dozens of written memories and hundreds of photographs.
Their father was scheduled for deportation to Siberia during the 1941 Soviet occupation of Latvia, but the family escaped and eventually found itself in Germany, where they were assigned to the Insula camp.
Berchtesgaden became well known because Adolf Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” vacation home was located nearby.
The 378-page book is published by Kirk House of Minneapolis, Minn., and sells for USD 30. For further information about the book, visit www.kirkhouse.com.
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