Doverstorp Resettlement Camp – Part 3 White Bus Rescue

In 1946, the Doverstorp resettlement camp was reaching the end of its planned services as a resettlement and repatriation camp.

The vision and mission for these camps specified that they were for ‘repatriandi,’ Swedish for repatriates, meaning the goal was to help these former prisoners return to their homes or countries of origin.

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Doverstorp Resettlement Camp health building
Doverstorp Resettlement Camp Health Building

Downsizing and Closing Doverstorp Resettlement Camp

The responsibility for transferring while the camps were operational fell to the camp’s leadership to assure its residents humanely and efficiently.

The January 31, 1946 memo below shows in almost bureaucratic language and tone how these arrangements were made.

There is nothing extraordinary about this; organizations know how to manage their logistics, even when there is a ‘large contingent.’

Sten Malmberg, the Camp Manager, writes with equal weight the people being moved and the exact timing of the journey. That was his job, role and function.

Doverstorp Resettlement Camp note

On Monday, February 4, the clientele in Doverstorp’s 1 alien camp will be moved to Bettna. The journey is intended to be undertaken by train, which departs at 9.56 from Finspång, via Kimstad Nyköping.

Taking into account the difficulty of keeping the large contingent collected during the waiting times in resp. Kimstad and Nyköping, it would be desirable if the necessary number of carriages for about 125 people could be inside Kinstade station on Monday February 4, 1946 at 10.30 and that these wagons could then be disposed of during the entire journey until the arrival at Bettna at 14.39. “

Doverstorp, January 31, 1946.   Signed by Sten Malmberg, Camp Manager

The photographs below show what little remains of the compound’s buildings and encampment.

But we hope this article helps assure that the events that took place there are not lost to history.

Doverstorp Resettlement Camp

Sign marking one of the two Dining Buildings (35)


Doverstorp Resettlement Camp potato cellar

The Doverstorp Resettlement Camp Potato Cellar (36)


Doverstorp Resettlement Camp potato cellar

Inside the Potato Cellar (37)




Doverstorp Resettlement Camp water works building foundation

Foundation of the Water Works Building (38)

Doverstorp Resettlement Camp

A more intact Water Works Structure


Doverstorp Resettlement Camp water taps

Doverstorp Resettlement Camp water taps

Remnants of Water Taps located around the site since the barracks did not have running water

Concluding Thoughts on the Doverstorp Resettlement Camp

Consider these words and phrases; they are the opposite of those referring to abandoned and forgotten at the start of this article.

RecallThink aboutConsider
RecollectKeep in mindPoint out
Not forgetMemorializeMindful
Think ofCelebrateRetain


These terms describe the present day looking back at the history and impact of Doverstorp.

Once the resettlement location for thousands of new arrivals from the Nazi concentration camps at the very end of World War 2, the remnants of this camp are but a few pilings, foundations and markings.

Yet, the heroic work of a staff of hundreds over a two year period made an impact on lives that must not be passed over by history.

It is our hope that you, the reader, will remember the journeys of these Holocaust survivors, and those who cared for them, as they headed into the unknown of life after war.


Swedish Red Cross White bus rescue


Swedish Red Cross White bus rescue


Swedish Red Cross White bus rescue


Swedish Red Cross White bus rescue


Swedish Red Cross White Bus Rescue


Swedish Red Cross White bus rescue


Swedish Red Cross White bus rescue at Yad Vashem dedication

Dedicating White Bus #38 Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to Holocaust Victims,

December 1, 1991

Lest we forget.


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