A Short History of Junkers Camp, Bettenhausen, KasselDonald F. McGonigal, UNRRA, 1947 (monograph) | bit.ly/cfbh_junkers

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and continued in that capacity there until March 25, 1947, when she went to the office of Area Team #1024.

The First Displaced Persons in Junkers Camp.

On April 6th, a census of the camp population was taken under Mrs. Shepe's direction gave the following results:









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It is interesting to note that not a single Balt was included in the original camp population.

Supply and Transport.

There was, of course, no food in the camp and no transport. The DPs fed themselves the first few days by buying food in the Bettenhausen shops or taking it away from German householders. Mrs. Shepe first arranged with nearby shops for fresh milk, meat and vegetables for children and pregnant and nursing women, and on April 7th she walked 6 kilometers to Kassel where she "requisitioned" a horse and cart for the camp. With this horse and cart (now, in Mattenberg Camp), Mrs. Shepe continued to supply the camp with food from the Ernaehrungamt (German Food Office).

Military Control of Camp.

Mrs. Shepe says that the first American soldier to visit the camp appeared on April 8th or 9th and for a few days a sergeant was in charge. About May 2nd, Military Government DP Detachment No.1


This content transcribes an original report of the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA), a separate copy of which is filed in the United Nations Archives (UNA), Reference number: S-1021-0081-05, Title: Monographs - DP-US 20 - Displaced Persons - United States Zone (Germany) - Histories of Individual Camps - History Report No. 30, Report: Baltin Camp in Bettenhausen, Kassel by D. F. McGonigal, Date: April 13, 1945. The UNA grants rights to reproduce with attribution. Additionally, this content is protected as a derivative work under Latvian Copyright Law Chapter 2 § 5 ¶ 3 and as part of a collection under Chapter 3 § 5 ¶ 1.2.

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