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control of the entire camp."

Functioning of New Administration

It is, of course, too early to appraise the work of the new addministration, but it can be said that so far (April 12th.) every­thing has gone smoothly. Mr. Vecvagars says that there has been a certain amount of friction with the Latvian Committee, and he expects that it will increase, but not to the point where it will become dangerous.

One of the first things the new camp administration did was to increase the workers ration from one and a half packets to two packets[1] of cigarettes a week, and when Miss Ferreira, who was still in the team billets at that time awaiting a new assignment, pointed out to Mr. Skuja and his colleagues that they would probably not have enough cigarettes in their reserve to maintain this scale in view of the fact that forty men were expected to start working for the army in the near future, they replied that they must gain popul­arity at the outset.

One of the next things Mr. Skuja did was to go to the municipal­lity and check on the consumption of electricity in the camp. Because of the shortage of coal, all camps had reduced the use of electricity, and Junkers had taken up all the electric stoves and irons, except a few where families had babies, and had ordered that all lights be out at 10 p.m. Mr. Skuja found that Junkers was below its permitted consumption, so announced that he would remove all restrictions and return all stoves and heaters, but Miss Ferreira suggested to him that he remove the time limit on electricity and only return the stoves when he found what the effect of that would be, but in any case not to take any action until he had consulted Mr. Sheehan, who because of the complexity and size of his other camp, seems to spend most of his time in Mattenberg.

Questioning some of the members of the camp would indicate that an impression prevails that the selection of camp administrators

was


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Corrected adding half a packet. Digital image contrast enhanced.
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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