Work Camp 11034 GW
Type of work: Saw-mill
Man of Confidence: L/Cpl Dixon Routledge
Number of Men: 12 - 13
|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|
Photo provided by Alan Raditz, son of George Raditz.
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.
Both lighting and heating are satisfactory but the POWs state that the camp
Bathing and washing facilities
Showers as well as baths are available at the mill itself.
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
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.
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.
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.
This camp is a good one.