The Prisoner of War No 16 Vol 2 August 1943

i%Tip i v r rnsonefofWar THE OFFICIAL JOURNAL OF THE PRISONERS OF WAR DEPARTMENT OF THE RED CROSS ST.AND JOHN WAR ORGANISATION. ST. JAMES'S PALACE. LONDON. S.W.I Vol. 2. No. 16 Free to Next of Kin August ,1943 W H A Twill hebe like when he gets back? ”The family of every prisoner o f war is always, naturally enough, wondering about the answer to that question. Will he still have the same interests? Will the same little things amuse or irritate him ?Well, we shall find him changed—that I think is certain but changed in rather the same way, per­haps, as awe t home ought to be, after the bombing and rationing, in not taking peace and plenty quite so much for granted as we did before. What Life Really Is A prisoner inS talag X Y I I I A gives us a clue when, writing of the time before his Red Cross parcels began to arrive, “In those day s,”he says,“ I often used to think of the things I once refused a t home. Believe it or not, but this life has really shown me what life really oDis. you remember the old saying, ‘You don ’t know you ’reborn yet ’?Well, I didn’t, before I was taken prisoner.” I t ’san opinion held also b y a Sergeant in Campo P.G .65, who tells his wife that she will “find m y sense of value has changed considerably when I come home. In fact, I think I will be much more tolerant and not quite so critical. ..The Journal Overseas Next of kin are a far-flung family, and The Prisoner of War outgoes to them in many parts of the world. Sending- it, we are thankful to know how sure nowadays are the chances of its safe re­ceipt. For instance, I have just had a letter from a lad yin the British West Indies who has received every issue of the magazine to date (May) with only one exception." T think it is a wonderful tribute ,”she says, “to the men of the Merchant Navy and their exceedingly efficient guard— our Navy —that they reach me in far-off D om in ica.” The Proof of the Parcel Talking of long journeys reminds me of the story of a standard food parcel th a twas returned to this country re­cently. A ones of a consignment of parcels sent out weekly from the North Row Packing Centre on behalf of Allied Red Cross Societies, this had originally been addressed to an Allied prisoner in Germany who could not, however, be traced. After months of travelling wit assent back b they Germans to England, via Geneva. It Returning to the farm— a member of Stalag XXB. had been away a little over a year. Reports on the condition of its con­tents read very reassuringly. All Fit to Eat I he British Food Manufacturers’ Research Association, after examining the margarine, cheese, bacon, tins of meat, condensed milk, as well as carrots and oatmeal, pronounced all the products as fit for consumption. The only article affected in anyway was the cheese, which with a slightly bitter flavour “would be objected 1o b y some people and not by others.” The tins of damson jam and m arm a­ lade, analysed by a different labora­tory ,were found also to be in excel­lent condition. Delegate’s Travels Dr. Hans de Salis has been travel­ ling continuously, too, during the last six months, but to much more useful purpose. A s the International Red Cross delegate to Italy ,he has visited sixty prisoner-of-war and civilian in­ternment camps. In the course of a special 12,600-mile tour by­road and rail he held 220 in­terviews with Italian authori­ties, wrote them 350 official notes, and sent 700 letters to his own committee in Geneva. All this, of course, was in addition to ,his usual large correspondence with British and American cam pleaders, prisoners and internees. Daylight Saving “Camp time,” writes a P.O ..W (Sub-Lieut., R.N. V .R .)from S talag L u ftH I, “is one hour ahead of manGer­ time, and since this is purely our own arrangement it means that we are ahead
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