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Publicado: 1556188482000
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Apellidos: Bratl
Hi,thanks for you reply.
He was indeed born in sopron and on various paperwork it stated odenburg.Also on most paperwork it has his name as Gyula ,yet on passport for Australia and some other it is Julius ,could be how it’s pronounced I’m not sure.In some paperwork I translated enough to know he was not on the frontline but rather in camps or other similar roles as you say ,it also states he enlisted himself and the date on the letter is 1944 but says he has been I know they were in a misplaced persons camp (Kufstein) before coming to Australia in 1950.
I also have a book which has something to do with making wine and some association book.My mum did say she remembers them talking about owning vineyards but after the war everything was taken from them and all titles burnt so they basically left with nothing .So it all makes sense that this would be why.
I will check out the link and try to find some records.Thank you so much for all your information.
Publicado: 1556568134000
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Editada: 1556727443000
Hi Kim,
The latin version of the name Gyula is Julius, so that would be correct oh his Australian passport. Sopron and Odenburg are the same place. Sopron is the Hungarian name and Odenburg the german name for the town. It's right near the Austrian border, so the name reflected who controlled the area.

He is wearing a wehrmacht army uniform, without his records its impossible to say what unit he was in. He could have been in one of the service battalions recruited from the Hungarian ethnic Germans. Does he list a unit or service number in his papers? Maybe a postmark from a military postal unit?

Over 200,000 ethnic Germans were expelled from Hungary at the end of World War 2. That could easily explain his being in a displaced person camp, at Kufstein in the American Zone of occupied Austria. Most ethnic germans who wound up in the Soviet Zone never escaped. Many ethnic Germans immigrated to Australia.

He may have been a prisoner of war for a time before he was sent to the dp camp, you can check with the Red Cross to see if they may have any information-
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