A Short History of Junkers Camp, Bettenhausen, KasselDonald F. McGonigal, UNRRA, 1947 (monograph) | bit.ly/cfbh_junkers
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December, one delegate being chosen for each five hundred persons. The report of their sessions 10/(copy enclosed) which lasted four days, is very interesting, and their conclusions on resettlement for their people have already been quoted. Their views on the necessity for all able-bodied men to work are especially noteworthy.
Reduction in UNRRA Personnel
In March, termination notices were sent to many of the Class I UNRRA employees still in the field, District H.Q. at Bad Wildungen became "inoperational" on March 15th., and Area Team 1024, of which the UNRRA members in Junkers Camp were a part, was combined with Area Team 1025 under the number of the former team, and under the able leadership of Mr. Mordecai Schwartz as Area Director.
Preparation for Self Government
Mme. Laborde and Mr. Schwartz decided that the DPs should elect a council of three members who should then submit the names of nine persons as camp administrators for approval. Any group of three candidates having thirty or more names in support of their candidacy would be qualified to run. The function of the council, after appointment of the administrators, would be confined to recommending, in writing, the removal of any administrator who failed to do his job. The administrators themselves would work under the guidance of the two Class II employees in addition to that of a Camp Directory chosen from the camp, and all would be under the control of a Camp Executive. The Camp Executive in this case was to be Mr. Philip Sheehan, an UNRRA Class I Supply Officer, who was formerly in the Monchehof group of Russian camps, who had been made Executive Officer of Mattenberg, a camp of mixed nationalities of over three thousand population, as well as of Junkers.
Only two lists of candidates were chosen, one representing the committee and the second those opposed to it. There was no