Work Camp 10734 GW
Type of work: Saw Mill/Chemical Works
Man of Confidence: Pte O. McMillan, 4642 or 4643 (1942), L/Bdr W.M. Knowles, 5420 (1943)
Number of Men: 34
In this camp are 34 British prisoners of war (English, Australians, New
Zealanders) employed in a saw-mill. They have rather long working hours but are
free on Sundays. The average pay is about 12RM a week.
The prisoners are lodged in a newly-erected wooden barrack on a mill's
premises in the outskirts of an Austrian town. The room is pleasant enough,
furnished with double tier bunks and each man has two blankets; there are two
stoves where private food can easily be cooked, and the room is warm enough. The
ventilation is not adequate, the shutters having to be closed the whole night.
This question was discussed with the camp commander who ordered the shutters and
windows to be opened after turning out the lights.
Bathing and washing facilities
There is a washing room with 5 spigots, and regularly the prisoners are
allowed to go to town and have hot baths there.
The toilets are of the pit type, installed in a separate hut. As night toilet
there is a bucket in the entrance hall of the barrack.
Food and Cooking
There was no complaint about the food provided by the employing firm; Red
Cross parcels are de;ivered at the usual rate of one a week per man.
Medical attention and sickness
There is a German sanitator in this small camp; the patients are visiting the German doctors at the Reserve Lazaret in the town. On the day of the visit there was in the camp a patient who had a wound in the leg, consequent on a work accident, and the Legation's representatives insisted on his transfer to the lazaret which was promised for the next day.
There is a small pharmacy in the camp but Red Cross medical stuff is needed.
The clothing conditions can be described as fairly good although a few men
are still in need of new uniforms and shoes. But there is a great need of
There is no canteen in the camp but prisoners are allowed to buy articles in
a shop nearby, and the prices are controlled.
Up to now there was no religious service but the Abwehroffizier promised to
arrange from time to time for religious services in common with another British
work camp in the vicinity.
Recreation and exercise
Books are lent by the main camp library. There is a piano in the barrack.
Some indoor games would be appreciated; the camp commander promised to the
Legation's representatives to try to arrange for outdoor games with the other
work camp nearby.
There is no serious complaint about this work camp where the prisoners seem
to be fairly treated.
The Man of Confidence complains about the situation and totally inadequate size of this camp, lavatories and washing facilities leaving much to be desired. The Delegate of the Protecting Power immediately inspected this camp and found the complaints of the Man of Confidence justified. However, both the Camp Leader as well as the Accompanying Officer promised to insist on this barrack being abandoned and installing the prisoners of war in a new and more spacious camp. The employer too was interviewed and requested to do all in his power as well regarding a speedy transfer of the prisoners of war to a new camp. To be checked.
The prisoners are overcrowded both inside and outside their cantonment. Vermin is reported; disinfection is intended very soon to be undertaken here. The prisoners have to prepare their own food.
This Detachment has been promised a new hut.
There was an inquiry about the nature of the work some of the men are doing. They handle glass-wool for insulations are afraid that the dust may affect their eyes and lungs. A British Medical Officer will examine the matter. No other complaints. Good camp