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

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or they become invalid. The PX, which is open on Tuesdays and Friday's, "sells" against points[1] amenity supplies and a few things such as aprons and collars made from torn clothing received from Hanau.

Camp Maintenance

Junkers Camp has for a long time been a model of cleanliness and order, and this has been accomplished by a permanent squad of forty men organized in 1946 under the leadership of a Latvian DP who is responsible to the Latvian Committee. The forty men include general cleaners, carpenters, plumbers, painters and road makers, and they fulfill their responsibilities for the state of repair of the camp, the condition of the roads and the general cleanliness in admirable fashion.

Work Shop Projects

The work shops already established continue to operate, and in June a radio repair shop was opened, and three months later an electro-technical shop was set up.

Food Issue and Food Warehouse

Mme. Laborde started posting the ration issue to which each person was entitled shortly after her arrival, but it was not until the arrival, on February 20th., of Mr. Jan Hansum, a Dutch Warehouse Officer who had extensive warehousing experience in Holland, that it was possible to reorganize the food warehouse and the issue of food. At that time, the food was handled by two Belgian DPs, with the exception of fresh milk, which was distributed by a Czech DP. The Belgian DP in charge had a phenomenal memory and a remarkable facility for making complicated ration calculations in his head, thanks to which the food issues were carried out in a fairly reasonable manner, but there were very few written records, an inventory

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"sells" quoted, "against points" written in by hand
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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