Can anyone help me identify this couple from FERRAMONTI INTERNMENT CAMP ITALY 1943? #austria-czech #germany #hungary #israel #slovakia


Hello Genners

While editing my late father's book about his experiences in the Italian internment camp Ferramonti di Tarsia, I came across many references to and photos of the couple in the photos attached. What I know is that the woman was German speaking, the man was from Zagreb. He was considerably older than her and diabetic and they were childless. When many internees fled the camp after it was mistakenly hit by friendly fire in July 1943, my father and this couple escaped to an Albanian village in the hills. They returned to the camp a couple of months later when the allies liberated the camp in September 1943. The couple apparently went to Bari in Puglia to await a ship to take them to Israel maybe? I have no idea. My father gave them the fictitious names of Arnold and Su Springer but I have reason to believe her name began with the letter M which I have found on the back of several of her photos. I have a lock of her hair but I am told it is not possible to get a DNA test as there is no follicle and the hair is old...what a shame...I do love a good detective story but I am running out of time. 

If anyone recognises them or the story please let me know...I have many more photos of the lady but not of her husband.
Thank you so much!

Yolanda Ropschitz-Bentham

Sherri Bobish


Perhaps this database of Ferramonti di Tarsia internees will be helpful in your search.

Also, this database of Ferramonti di Tarsia internees.


Sherri Bobish