RT TRANSLATION BY THE LONDON DELEGATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS COMMITTEE|
RESERVELAZARETT, STALAG IX B.
Visited By Dr. Landholt and Mr Wyss, // 25th AUGUST 1944.
British Camp Leader BEDDING Major Geoffrey, No.23923
British Doctor. CHARTERS Major David., No. 23911
total officers N.C.Os privates
British 24 3 10 11
Australian 4 - 3 -
New Zealand 4 1 1 2
Canadian 2 - 1 1
South African 2 - - 2
Indian 1 - - 1
American 14 6 8 -
Total; 64 11 31 22
1 Doctor, 6 members of the medical personnel.
1 Sports instructor
2 Australian teachers for the blind.
General remarks. This hospital is composed of two large buildings.
The upper building is used as the ophtalmological post,
and prisoners with face wounds or who have had their faces burnt are
also treated here. At the time of the Delegate's visit, there were
no cases of trachome; but if there are any, they receive hospital
treatomont here as long as they are in the first stages.
Situation and Accomodation.
The hospital is in a lovely district situated on the
edge of a wood.
Accomodation is excellent, especially at the ophtamological
post. There are about 4 beds in each room. Ventilation,
lighting and heating have given no grounds for complaints, even
in the winter. The beds are large comfortable hospital beds.
Each building has large kitchen maintained by the
Sisters of the establishment. The food is sufficient. Diets are
fully provided for, and there are enough stoves for preparing
the food from the collective consignments. The patients receive
daily, as an extra ration, half litre milk, an egg , and 50 grams
Most of the patients are British and American airmen
who have been brought down and whose clothing has been burnt. It
is most important, both for the patients there are the moment, and
for those who will come in the future, to build up a stock of
clothing, and it is for this reason that Major CHARTERS has sent
the following order to Geneva:-
For Americans For British.
Sizes: Large medium small large medium small
Coats 1 3 1 1 3 3
trousers 1 3 1 1 3 1
shirts 1 3 1 1 3 3
socks 10 10 10 1 6 1
vests 5 5 5 3 10 3
pants 5 5 5 - - -
tunics 5 5 5 - - -
handkerchiefs 10 20
shoes 1 3 1 1 3 2
caps 10 10
pullovers - - - 1 3 -
medical coats 5
This consignment is very urgent.
The doctors have enough doctors blouses and also, there
is no lack, at present of pyjamas for the patients.
At the ophtalmological post the patients may take as
many showers as necessary, and the other sanitary equipment is
Major CHARTERS, an excellent doctor, is in charge of the
ophtalmological care of the patients and he is assistod by a
gymnastics instructor and by two teachers for the blind, WILLIAMS and
MOUNT CASTLE, who are Australians. The arrangements of this
institution are satisfactory. There are several outfits of
instruments for operations, most of these have been sent from America
and England. The only difficulty is that it is not possible to
sharpen these instruments, however, there are enough reserves to
last a long time yet, and this defect is therefore not notice-able.
There are two operation theatres in this establishment. There are
sufficient materials for the re-adaptation of the blind. There is
also a dentist working in the establishment.
The lower building is, above all, regarded as the
radiological centre for the Wehrkreis IX, and patients are sent here to
be radio-graphed, from all the other hospitals. The radiologist who
worked here was... [illegible]
The prisoners needing attention to their teeth are
sent to STALAG IX B. The dental equipment in this stalag are
satisfactory in every way
Men un-fit for service.
There are four blind at the ophtalmological post, and
three of these have been passed as un-fit for service by the
Mixed Medical Commission. The fourth one, HORSFIELD, Terence,
No. 43800 has not yet been seen by the Commission.
Canteen. There is no canteen. Razor blades and beer is distributed
to the medical staff.
Recreation and Intellectual and Spiritual Needs.
There are no religious services for the British prisoners
and they do not ask for them.
There are about 2000 books in the library, sent from the
Stalag, the books are both English and French.
There is a theatre in the lower building.
The prisoner doctors consider that the working conditions
are good. Walks are arranged three times a week.
Pay. This is regular. There are no un-recognised members of
the medical staff at this camp.
Owing to current events, this is difficult.
The reserve of the Ophtalmological Station comprises:
200 food supplies 20 razors
60 invalid parcels 20 combs
4 tobacco parcels 30 shaving soap
50 razor blades 50 tooth paste
Both for the American and the British the following have been
500 food supplies
200 invalid parcels.
The relations between the British doctor and the German
Commandant are excellent and could not be better in any way.
Doctors are allowed out for walks three times a week
without being accompanied. The British doctor never goes out... [illegible]
Final Interview with the German Authorities.
1) It is absolutely necessary that the radiological
equipment should be installed in this hospital.
Reply: It will be put into working order in the next few
2) When will a radiologist arrive?
Reply: One was asked for some months ago, and one will
probably arrive in the next few days.
Collective consignments ( see above ) 3 games of chess,
3 games draughts, 20 ping pong balls and other games.
The general impression of the camp is good.
The moral of the American and British patients is
good, considering the seriousness of their cases.