A Short History of Junkers Camp, Bettenhausen, KasselDonald F. McGonigal, UNRRA, 1947 (monograph)

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Estonians

The Estonians have lived peacefully with the Latvians, and their leader asserts that there is no evidence of discrimination in the treatment of his people. Out of a total population of 99, the Estonians have 23 workers in camp, including two policemen, and 15 outside. They have just sent six men to the Estonian Guards at Furth.[2]

They have their own little schoo, they bring in a cleargyman once a month from Göttingen in the British Zone, and they get Estonian newspapers published in other camps. They are very good at copper and leather art craft, and their dance group is excellent. Their last elections were held in March, at which time Mr. Ratsep, the leader first elected in 1945, as reelected. It is planned to transfer them to another camp, probably Geislingen, in the near future, and to replace them with Latvians.


[1]Paper-clipped insert to the original
[2]Where there is more than one instance of a place name, we assume that the one in or closest to Hesse is intended.
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