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

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plea for equipment, and between eleven that evening and three o'clock the following morning, Captain Marye, his assistant, 1st Lt. Paul H. Doorly, and Dr. Rougier "requisitioned" and brought in sheets, mattresses, blankets, towels and other much needed equipment.

Typhoid patients increased until they numbered forty and the situation, Miss Deville says, was a nightmare. For one period she did not go to bed for eight days, and during an even longer period she slept only from five or six a.m. to 9 a.m. The situation was eased by the arrival on May 26th of Dr. Makstenieks, a Latvian physician of considerable ability, and two Latvian nurses. All three are still there, Dr. Makstenieks as chief doctor and one of the nurses, Miss Vally Maculevitch, as chief nurse.

Although the hospital is physically a part of the camp, it has always had a great deal of independence in its operation, and at times the relationship between hospital and camp has not been as close as it could have been for the greatest mutual benefit. Apart from her initial equipment of sheets and so on which later disappeared, and of drugs and medicines obtained from German hospitals and dispensaries, Mrs. Shepe seems to have had no connection with the hospital other than to supply it with food. Miss Deville says that the room in the hospital for food storage was so inadequately protected that much of it was stolen, and the two DPs in charge of the hospital food storeroom also stole a lot of it. The hospital food warehousing and messing was taken over in May by a French DP, Mr. Antoine Zahn, who alter became an UNRRA Class II Messing Officer, and he carried on this department most efficiently until his resignation in May 1946. Another French DP, Mr. Jacques Heveux, who later became an UNRRA Class I Driver, also helped in many ways in the operation of the hospital in addition to driving the ambulance.

Pfc John Hetrick was of great help during this period in obtaining window glass and similar supplies, and in having the hospital


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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