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Emslandlager is the site of a post World War II British sector displaced person camp near Emsland in Lower Saxony in Germany.

The moorland labor camps, Emslandlager ("Emsland camps") - as they were known - were for political opponents of the Third Reich, located outside of Börgermoor, now part of the commune Surwold, not far from Papenburg.

The only known Masonic lodge to be founded in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II, Liberté chérie was founded at Emslandlager.

Maczków was the name of the central town of a Polish military enclave in Emsland, Germany, existing from 1945-1947, later renamed back to Haren. Maczków became a totally Polish town with a Polish mayor, a Polish school, a Polish fire brigade and a Polish rectory. The latter registered 289 weddings and 101 funerals. 479 Poles have birth certificates showing Maczków as place of birth. The town was returned to the original inhabitants when the Polish army unit returned to England in June 1947, and the Polish inhabitants of the town were either repatriated to Poland or moved to Great Britain.

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