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

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March 2nd. and was very much impressed by what he saw. The DPs themselves appreciated his friendly approach and responded to his visit with surprising warmth

On May 18th., Air Commodore P. Warburton, Director of the Division of Organization and Management of the European Region­al Office, visited the camp and praised in highly. In October, Brigadier C. Greenslade, Deputy Chief of the DP Operation, Germany, spent several hours on an unofficial visit during which he was able to discover the whereabouts of friends made in Riga after the last war when he helped to organize the Latvian Army. He apprec­iated the work done by the team and the DPs in creating what had by then become a model camp, and the Latvians accepted him as one whose friendship for their country is well known.

Latvian Administration

Elections for the Latvian Committee were held in the same manner as in the past, with the exception that the leader was elec­ted by the people instead of the committee. This change was made in accordance with instructions received from the Latvian Central Committee which has its seat at Hanau. The second election in 1946 was held in December.

An excellent feature of the Latvian administration is the practice of having two public meetings a month at which the Committee reports on it activities, which are then discussed in open meeting.

The relations between Mme. Laborde and the committee have been extremely friendly and cooperative, but unfortunately the two Class II employees appointed from the camp have not fared so well. Mr. Skuja is a Latvian who was formerly a member of the committee, and his appointment seems to have caused much envy and jealousy. In spite of the close cooperation between team and committee, the feeling seems to exist that he has somehow betrayed his countrymen by chang­ing sides. The same feeling of jealousy among the Estonians apparently


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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