Work Camps 970, 975 & 976 GW
Type of work: Factory work
Man of Confidence: Tpr Arthur Whitehouse, 1962? (16.2.43)
(Arthur Grief, 2147 in Oct. 1944)
Number of Men: 30
|The POWs were held in the building marked with an X|
|William George||Baldry||Sgmn||R Sigs||4207||also 86/GW, 11025/GW, 76/HV|
|Robert Bertram||Dunn||Tpr||RAC||2247||'Clive Dunn'; also 940/GW|
|Arthur E.||Grief||Dvr||RE||2447 or 2147||MOC Oct '44|
|Maurice John||Hutchins||Pte||H.Q. 17 Inf. Bde.||3475||Australia; also 10620/GW|
|Charles Edward Victor||Thompson||Gnr||RA||6994||Italy POW|
|Arthur||Whitehouse||Tpr||RAC||1961?||MOC Feb. '43; transf'd to Stalag 4B?|
|Jack||Woodyard||Pte||2/32 Inf. Bn.||7398||Australia; also 373/GW, 107/GW, 218/GW|
|The Vasold Family||Wolfgang, Ferdinand & Anneliese with Helga||The funeral of Helga (24.12.1944)|
|Wolfgang & Ferdinand with Diana (2007)|
Richard Aigner, who lives in Leizen, has sent me the following photos taken by his great-aunt during the war. On 6 May 1945, the POWs were liberated by combined American and Russian forces.
|English returning to camp
after a day's work
|English POWs off to work||English POWs laying stone
|English POWs in the Old School
6 May 1945
|Civilians and English POWs||People of Liezen and former POWs
waiting for the Americans and Russians
The prisoners of war live in an old school-house on two floors. The building although old is solid and healthy.
In 2 schoolrooms there are two-storied beds along the wall in a row. The other half of the long room serves as a day room and is furnished with tables and benches. Each room holds 15 men. The heating and the light are adequate.
Bathing and washing facilities
Hot showers can be had in the factory where the men work, but not regularly. On each floor of the men's quarters there is a tap with running water and they use to have some hot water ready, when they come in from work.
Food and Cooking
The kitchen is in a big building some 10 minutes from the camp. It is quite spacious and the men take their meals there. It is a bit narrow for 30 men, but in summer they can eat in a park-like garden next to the big building where they have tables and benches under a cover.
Medical attention and sickness
Every time they are in need of medical attention, patients here go to a civil doctor, who is said to be very good. Furthermore a British medical orderly is here to look after the patients. Dental treatment is very satisfactory here. The civil dentist does every kind of dental work which is required, dentures of course being charged for.
The same arrangements as for the other work camps will have to be made with Stalag XVIIIA.
The laundry is done partly by the men themselves, partly by some washer-women.
Money and Pay
Has to be arranged with Stalag.
The same as in the other camps of his district.
Recreation and exercise
The men can play football.
Mail is scarce and irregular.
Some complaints of minor importance were brought forth before the inspector:
a) As often in old buildings the fight against fleas in the dormitory has not yet been crowned with success.
b) The men ask for rubber shoes as they have to work in the water all day for the town. Steps will be taken to procure them through the town's administration.
c) There is no real drying room available when the men come in wet from their work. This matter will be studied by the Commander of the guards' company.
d) The working parties at the concrete machines are often too little and the work, going on without stopping, is very strenuous. this will also be put straight by the competent authorities.
e) There is no possibility to stay out-of-doors on Saturday afternoon and Sundays, the school house having no compound which could be closed by barbed wire. In summer, this is very hard to bear. Walks will be arranged when the weather is warm, to allow the men to have some rest outside their prison.
f) Some musical instruments, especially a guitar would be welcome. The Y.M.C.A. will be informed of this.
g) There is no Geneva Convention in this camp. Stalag XVIIIA promised to send one.
Materially, this camp is not very good but the spirit is excellent and the British Man of Confidence is well supported by the German NCO who is in charge of it.