The Prisoner of War No 22 Vol 2 February 1944

The Prisoner of War February, 1944 Official Reports from/ N every case inhere the conditions call for remedy, the Protecting Power makes representations to Ihe German authorities. Where there is any reason io doubt whe’her the Protecting Power has acted, it is at once requested to do so. When it is reported that food or clothing is re­quired, the necessary action is taken through the International Red Cross Committee. Work Camp 508, Grube Erika.— The camp is inbuilt a forest of pine and birch trees, about half an hour’s march from the Amines. recreation room has recently been added and a concert hall is under construction. Some of the sleeping rooms have recently been painted. There were 184 British prisoners at the time of the visit, but more were cxpectcd, when, it is hoped, arrangements will be made for a British medical officer to be attached to the camp. Anew sports ground is to be built within the c a 111 p compound and the prisoners are allowed to visit a cinema at regular intervals. Work Camp 543, Grube Heye III.— ji British prisoners work in these mines. Living ac- :ommodation is described as ade- q u ate, although the barrack walls become damp dur­ ingrains. The men are al­lowed hot showers at the works. Various minor complaints were 1 settled on the spot High jump at by the visiting inspector, and there were no serious complaints. (Visited October, 1943.) STALAG IV C W ISTRITZ There are only eight British prisoners in the main camp, whose job it is to attend almost entirely to the storing and despatch of Red Cross parcels to the work camps of the area. Many prisoners who were transferred from Italy, after the fall of the Fascist Government, are in this area. I here are also a considerable num­ber of Cypriots. Work Camp Bauhof I, No. 171, Komo- tau.— Accommodation for the 40 British prisoners at this camp has never been very satisfactory. The barracks are situated between a smithy and a carpen­ter’s workshop and are consequently very noisy. Although new premises have been promised, they have so far not material­ ised. The workmen at loading and un­loading trucks— they work 10 hours a day and Sundays are free. Outdoor sports facilities arc limited, but the men are taken to the cinema from time to time. Work Camp Schwaz II.— This is a thoroughly un­satisfactory camp, but every effort has been made by the camp inspec­tors to procure im­provements. The 84 British prisoners a rehoused in the stable buildings of an old Convent. The men have two rooms the one above is used as a dormitory and liv­ing room and one below used as a cobbjery. Water has to be Stalag 344. fetched from out­side for all pur­poses, and there are no bathing faci­lities there is often a shortage of water however, anew and good wash­room is under construction. Cooking is done by four German women, not very much to the prisoners’ liking. There is 110 doctor in the camp and minor cases are cared for by a British orderly, others togo the hospital at Bilin for examination. Dental treatment is also available at the hospital. Sports facilities are practically non­existent walks are occasionally arranged 011 Sundays. Red Cross Day Members of B.A.B. 21 unload Red Cross parcels. Work Camp Kolumbus-Schacht.— This is an entirely new camp recently opened for British prisoners of war transferred from Italy. There are at present 1,545 in- the camp, which is a few miles N.W. of Bruex. It was formerly occupied by civilian workers and is composed of about 15 barracks within avery large enclosure. There is ample room for outdoor sport. These barracks are furnished with two- tier wooden bunks, chairs and tables. There are 110 cupboards. Electricity is installed and there are five stoves in each barrack for heating and private cooking. Bathing and washing facilities are ade­quate and there is a delousing plant. The prisoners do their own cooking. STALAG IV A HOHNSTEIN (SAXONY) This is an area of lignite mines and at all the camps described, the workmen in the mines, either above or below ground.Work Camp 531, Grube Ostfeld.— “ Grube O stfeld” is the name of the mine. 90 workmen here. Living conditions are satisfactory' and the men are able to have showers almost everyday. Food and cooking are reported to be satisfactory and a larger stove has been promised for cooking food from Red Cross parcels. A German doctor visits the camp twice weekly and an English doctor once a month. Dental treatment is given by a German dentist. The re­ported recent arrival of clothing makes the position satisfactory. An English chaplain visits the camp every month and the prisoners hold their own services every Sunday. Several minor complaints were settled by the inspectors 011 the spot. Work Camp 502, Grube Brigitta.— All the 91 prisoners at this camp work above ground. Here, also, living con­ditions are described as satisfactory and the kitchen and stove for private cook­ing has been enlarged. The mining firm try to provide the men with working overalls. Indoor recreation is well organised, but there is little opportunity for out­door sport.
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