Chronicle

1945
April 26: About 3500 seriously ill concentration camp prisoners from the Kaufering concentration camps are put into freights car destined for an extermination camp (Grinberg, May 31, 1945).
April 28: The train arrives at Schwabhausen where the SS leaves it exposed on the rails as bait for the ongoing American air raids. After the raids, a number of the prisoners escape and hide in the woods.
April 29: About 500 liberated prisoners are brought to the nearby monastery of St. Ottilien which at this time was being used as a German military hospital after the expulsion of the monks.
May 1: First burial of a former concentration camp prisoner (Lewin Merkel) by Rabbi Weiss. The American occupation force demands that all the German doctors, nurses and soldiers in the hospital are present at the Jewish ceremony
May 27: Liberation Concert conducted by Michael Hofmekler with a programmatic speech by Dr. Zalman Grinberg
June: Under the leadership of three Jewish doctors (Dr. Zalman Grinberg, Dr. Nochum Katz, Dr. Chaim Ipp) the complete German medical staff (doctors and nurses) is continuing its work for liberated camp prisoners. Dr. Grinberg has an agreement with Chaplain Abraham J. Klausner that all Jewish patients from Dachau should be brought to St. Ottilien (soon after a second Jewish hospital opens in Gauting).
602 persons are listed in the hospital: Patients list 1945
July: 750 patients at St. Ottilien
July 25–26: First Conference of liberated Jews from all zones (94 delegates from 46 DP camps) with the election of a Central Committee and declaration of a program with fourteen points: recognition of Jews as their own nation, Israel as a homeland, compensation of concentration camp prisoners, self-administration of the camps etc. Dr. Zalman Grinberg becomes its first president, a position he holds until his emigration in July 1946.
September: about 700 persons are treated in the hospital. The US troops leave the monastery and entrust their duties to the DP police (former prisoners) who control especially the three entrance points to the monastery/hospital
October: Head doctor Zalman Grinberg becomes head of the hospital
October 21: Visit of David Ben-Gurion
November 15: The U.S. military administration hands all DP camps over to UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration)

1946
The Rabbis Samuel Abba Snieg and Samuel Rose print a Talmud edition in the printing press of the monastery (3000 copies). The cover image shows the abandoned concentration camp of Landsberg am Lech
July: Dr. Zalman Grinberg emigrates to Israel
October, 19: 557 persons in the DP camp
December: A report distinguishes between patients (246) and inhabitants (285) of the DP camp

1947
March 22: 522 people are registered in the DP camp
June 28: 421 people are registered in the DP camp
August 23: 389 people are registered in the DP camp
September 9: 358 people are registered in the DP camp
September 20: 320 people are registered in the DP camp
October 3: 322 people are registered in the DP camp
October 17: 325 people are registered in the DP camp
October 31: 316 people are registered in the DP camp
December 5: 301 people are registered in the DP camp

1948
January 30: 315 people are registered in the DP camp
March 3: 318 people are registered in the DP camp
April 9: 315 people are registered in the DP camp
May 10: the DP camp orchestra performs under conductor Leonard Bernstein in the neighboring camps of Feldafing and Landsberg
May 20: 255 people are registered in the DP camp
October 18: 28 people are registered in the DP camp
November: dissolution of the camp and transfer of the remaining persons to Bad Wörishofen

1968
After several exhumations, all the tombstones on the KZ-cemetery are placed along the fence

1997
Robert L. Hilliard’s memoirs Surviving the Americans: The Continued Struggle of the Jews After Liberation bring again some attention to the former St. Ottilien DP camp

2002
Documentary film by John Michalczyk based on the Hilliard’s memoirs: Displaced: Miracle at St. Ottilien

2015
November 15: Jubilee Liberation Concert (St. Ottilien Reuniun & Liberation Concert Program 11.15.2015) in Delray Beach, Florida