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

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to help expectant mothers with advice and layettes, and to continue the help with sewing and other services after the birth of the child.

A YMCA Club was established in June which has proved successful.

In the early part of 1946, a camp newspaper was published which included items translated from the Stars and Stripes and other newspaper, as well as items gathered by radio monitors, by when rigid licensing regulations went into effect, the newspaper was re­duced to a bulletin of camp news which is now issued weekly. A copy is enclosed.

Sports continued to thrive under the direction of a sport sec­tion of the Latvian Committee set up in the Autumn of 1945. Junker has always made a presentable showing in inter-camp competition, but its only champion has been a javelin thrower and a shot putter. Its outstanding team is the chess team of the Erika Club which in 1946, won the championship of Kassel and finished second for the province of Kurhessen. This preeminence in a purely intellectual pastime is probably typically Latvian.

A garden competition organized by Mme. Laborde was entered by 96 families in the camp, and twenty prizes were distributed for the best gardens.

Screening and Eligibility

The camp was screened in April by a team from the 30th. Infan­try using questionnaires filled in by the DPs. No one was given an individual interview and no one was evicted on the basis of the inform­ation given in the questionnaires.

In August, the camp was screened by a twenty-year-old infantry second lieutenant who spoke no language other than English and who, it is believed, had had no previous screening experience. He found eight Latvians and two Estonians ineligible for care, most of them for having come into the American Zone after August 1., 1945. All of the


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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