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

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in voluntary drives in America, were not received by Junkers Camp during 1946, although it never ceased to ask for typewriters. Two used typewriters were finally received through UNNRA channels from army sources in August.

Supply - "Scrounging"

If the work of a supply officer at Junkers or any other camp in 1946 had been confined to making out requisitions, getting the necessary approvals and having them filled, his life would have been very much simplified and his place could have been taken by a clerk/ secretary, but many of the camps' needs were so urgent and the poss­ibility of timely help through official army or UNRRA channels so slight, that supply officers were reduced to what became known as "scrounging", which frequently took the form of cultivating friendly relations with officers of ordnance and other army units and calling upon them for help in cases of emergency. For example, spare parts for motor vehicles were extremely difficult to get and absolutely essential to keep the camp transport in operation, and Mr. Hansum, because of his good relations with certain ordnance officers, was able to get the parts needed.

Other forms of "scrounging" were even less dignified, and it is a sad commentary on the efficiency of the operation at higher lev­els that such measures were necessary to keep the camps going.


In the latter part of 1945, so-called civilian trucking companies had been formed in this are[a] which were units under the comm­and of an American Officer using Army GMC 6 by 6 trucks driven by German drivers. Much of the outside hauling was undertaken by thee units, but the team transport remained the backbone of the camp op­eration, and much of the repair work needed was done in the camp


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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