Tag Archives: Dobiegniew

Prisoner of War Camp in Woldenberg

Woldenburg Oflag POW camp

Four different photographs of the Oflag P.O.W camp in Woldenberg NM, now Dobiegniew. Click image to enlarge.

A scan of a very rare postcard from the Oflag II C Prisoner of War (POW) camp in Woldenberg Neumark, Germany, since 1945, Dobiegniew, Lubuskie, Poland.

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A stamp made by a Polish prisoner of war at Woldenberg Oflag. This one with the text ‘Happy Christmas’ in Polish.

Oflag II C Prisoner of War (POW) camp in Woldenberg was built to house Polish Army officers. It was a large complex consisting of brick and wooden buildings and at different times housed between 500 and 2,000 prisoners of war. Around the camp were eight watchtowers with light and heavy machine guns and searchlights. Different parts of the camp were also separated from one another by barbed wire fencing.  There is a small museum on the site today, which is well worth a visit.

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One of many different stamps produced by Polish army officers held at the Oflag IIC in Woldenberg NM.

See also our page with more pictures of pre-war Woldenberg / Dobiegniew.

Woldenberg / Dobiegniew

Woldenberg Neumark (Dobiegniew) through time! Three different pictures of German-era Woldenburg from 1899 through to 1942. Woldenberg was renamed Dobiegniew in 1945 when it became part of Poland.

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A litho picture postcard showing scenes of Woldenberg Nm. (Dobiegniew), c.1899. Click on image to enlarge.

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A picture of a boathouse and sail boat on the lake in Woldenberg / Dobiegniew, c.1910.

Woldenberg in to Dobiegniew

Woldenburg was part of Germany until the end of the Second World War when around 85% of the town was destroyed in the fighting between the German and Soviet Red Army. After this the population who had not already fled westward were expelled and the town renamed Dobiegniew. The town was then repopulated by Polish settlers who had mostly lost their homes in the part of pre-war eastern Poland, which had become Soviet Ukraine. During the war the Oflag II-C Prisoner of War camp was located just outside the town.

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The centre of Woldenberg Neumark (Dobiegniew), c.1942. Click on picture to enlarge and see more detail.

Dobiegniew today

Dobiegniew is a small town with a population of around 3,000 and is located in the Lubuskie province of western Poland. It’s located approximately 11 miles north-east of Strzelce Krajeńskie and 25 miles north-east of Gorzów Wielkopolski.