"For six months he lived in a Displaced Persons camp"
Children at Schauenstein Displaced Persons camp
Public DomainChildren at Schauenstein Displaced Persons camp - Credit: Wikimedia Commons

At the end of World War II, the Soviet Union regained control of Slonim. Like millions of other refugee Jews and non-Jews who had been displaced in a chaotic post-war Europe, Leo ended up in one of the Displaced Persons camps that were established across Western Europe. These temporary facilities were often set up on the sites of former Nazi German concentration camps or labour camps, and conditions were poor.