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

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Tabard at 22 was, with one exception, the oldest member of the team. They both spoke and wrote English perfectly, and they both had perfect poise. Miss Tabard could be glacially polite in the manner of the most cosmopolitan grande dame, and she could be the gum-chewing officer on active service speaking pure, or at least expurgated, GI English, as the occasion demanded. No military inspecting officer, with one unfortunate exception at the end of their stay, ever failed to succumb to their charm and their technique in handling visitors of all kinds.

Miss Portman, because of her relatively advanced age, her English, her ability and force of character, assumed the role of Deputy Director and Supply Officer as well as remaining in charge of what welfare work was done, and Miss Vinot, the Supply Officer, assumed the job of clerk/typist, while the 19 years old Deputy Director, Miss Fustier was completely overshadowed.

Miss Chicoix, alias Mougnot, the nurse, was the oldest and toughest member of the team and she had the hospital staff in a turmoil because of her rudeness until Miss Deville, the UNRRA nurse in charge, evicted her, only permitting her to return later on sufferance.

Camp Population.

On July 6, 1945, the population of Junkers Camp was 765 displaced persons of 13 different nationalities as follows:

Latvians  320
Estonians   45
Czechs   32
Dutch   )
French  )
Greeks   38 Turks  61
Hungarians   19 Yugoslavs 127
Italians   33 Misc. in
Poles   28


[1]originally typed as 33, hand-corrected
[2]originally typed as 18, hand-corrected
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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