After completing his two extra years of post-graduate study at the Academy of Fine Arts in Zagreb, Hnizdovsky was again on his own, unable to return home. Ukraine was under Soviet occupation. If he returned, he risked being shot as his classmate was when his classmate returned home, in anticipation of re-uniting with his fiancee.
Hnizdovsky awaited sponsorship to be able to emigrate to the United States at the Displaced Persons Camp in Wayern. Help finally came from Professor Alexander Granovsky, who was active in the resettlement of refugees from Ukraine. Hnizdovsky sailed to America in 1949.
Jacques Hnizdovsky was provided separate quarters and a large drawing table (seen above). He was documenting the Wayern Displaced Persons Camp for UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration).
UNRRA administrative chart for the Wayern Displaced Persons Camp
UNRRA Cash Report for the Wayern DP Camp
UNRRA Report of the supply of food coming into the Wayern DP Camp between October 14, 1945 and October 15, 1946
UNRRA Report of Wayern DP Camp medical infirmary admissions
UNRRA Record of the population of the Wayern DP Camp between October 10, 1945 and October 13, 1946
Record of UNRRA aid (food, clothing and tools) between October 14, 1945 and October 13, 1946
One year anniversary of the founding of the Wayern DP Camp. In addition to religious services, an art exhibition will be held.
Signup Flier for children's classes at the DP Camp, Wayern
Chapel Plaque commemorating the prayers of 265 Ukrainian refugees in the Wayern DP Camp
Jacques Hnizdovsky working on his painting Displaced Persons
A photograph taken by Jacques Hnizdovsky. In large magnification, it is possible to see the silhouette of a couple and their young son in the background making their way to the underground shelter.