Work Camp   11034 GW

Location: Kötschach

Type of work: Saw-mill

Man of Confidence: L/Cpl Dixon Routledge

Number of Men: 12 - 13

Known to be present

Bill Auger Dvr RASC 3238  
Eddwin K. Beet Gnr RA 5849  
Herbert John Butler Tpr RAC 3001  
? Earl        
? Hill        
? McDonald        
Jack Onley L/Cpl 1 A.C. H.Q. 3988 Australia
Arthur Plowman Spr 6 Fld. Eng. 3648 New Zealand (possible)
George Raditz Pte 2/6 Inf. Bn. 3874 Victoria, Australia
R. Glynne Roberts        
Dixon Routledge L/Cpl R Sigs 983 MOC
? Weston        
Frank Woolcock Spr   172 New Zealand

Photo provided by Alan Raditz, son of George Raditz.

Date of visit: 20 May 1943

General Description

This camp consists of one barrack only and is pleasantly situated a few miles outside the small village of Kötschach in the pretty Gail valley. Nearby is the saw-mill where the POWs work.

Interior arrangement

Both lighting and heating are satisfactory but the POWs state that the camp is overcrowded.

 Bathing and washing facilities

Showers as well as baths are available at the mill itself.

 Toilet facilities

In order.

Food and Cooking

The POWs take their meals with the civilian workers in the mill. The food they describe as being good. On the other hand the existing arrangements for the cooking of private food are not satisfactory. As there is a cooking stove in the guard's room it will be put at the disposal of the POWs for making tea.

 Medical attention and sickness

There is no acknowledged sanitator in this camp but one of the POWs looks after minor working accidents, being able to give first aid. In serious cases a civilian doctor from the nearby village of Mauthen come to the camp; otherwise the sick go to see him there. For dental treatment the POWs have to go to Stalag having previously been seen by a dentist at Kötschach who gives them a certificate for treatment in Stalag XVBIII A/Z if necessary.


Everything in order.


The laundry of the POWs is washed in the village.

 Money and Pay

In order.


There is no canteen in the camp but the POWs are allowed to shop in the village though there is very little if anything at all they can buy.

 Religious activity

As for all other camps in this area, Stalag XVIII A/Z will arrange for a visit by a padre in due course.

 Recreation and exercise

Football having been stopped for some time in the past shall now be allowed again. The POWs will also be permitted to go swimming.


Mail arrives regularly.

 Welfare work

In Order.


The POWs point out that they possess no facilities for drying their uniforms when returning from work in the rain. Furthermore they complain about one of the German NCOs opening their mail in the past but on their representation this had then been stopped byb the Kontrollführer.

General impression

This camp is a good one.


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