Work Camp 11030 GW
Type of work: Railway
Man of Confidence: L/Cpl R. Ayley, POW 3485
Number of Men: 20
|Douglas||Christie||Dvr||RASC||1729||Aberdeen; Transf'd to Stalag 20B|
|Maurice B.||Fisher||Spr||RE||1586||Lichfield, Staffs|
|W||Millichamp||Sgt||RA||1471||London; Transf'd to Stalag 383|
Note: The names and photograph have been sent by Colin Scott, son of Dvr Leslie Scott, RASC. The photograph may have been taken at Work Camp 10029/GW. On the back is written "Steindorf, 12/41".
This camp is situated on the railway line passing along Lake Ossiach, consisting of just one barrack with practically no walking space to it at all. The prisoners are doing railway work starting at 7 a.m. till 5 p.m. During their lunch hour they are allowed to bathe in the lake.
The barrack contains a sleeping- and a day-room. The beds are of the wooden double-tier type. To each of them there is a cupboard.
Bathing and washing facilities
Water has to be carried into the camp from a pump on the other side of the railway line. This is a very inconvenient arrangement and it was only natural for the prisoners to complain about the bad washing and bathing facilities. It is all the more annoying since a water pipe runs directly under the camp and although the prisoners have repeatedly asked that this pipe should be tapped, their employer puts them off by telling them that they would leave the camp in a few weeks or so. The Delegate of the Protecting Powers discussed this matter with the Accompanying Officer who left definite instructions for the employer to arrange for the water supply in the camp as is desired by the prisoners.
These are not satisfactory; furthermore lime is lacking. The Kommandofuehrer was immediately ordered to procure a supply.
Food and Cooking
One of the prisoners does the cooking. They draw their own rations. Potatoes are supplied by the firm but the men complain about the complete absence of green vegetables. However this complaint no longer prevails, as some supply of this kind will be found with the peasants.
Medical attention and sickness
For medical treatment the prisoners go to Dr. Schwarz at Feldkirchen who also extracts teeth. For fillings, however, prisoners must go to Stalag. There is an adequate supply of medicaments in the camp and although there is no acknowledged sanitator, two of the men do first aid.
Most of the men have now two uniforms but urgently require overalls for their work. This point was discussed with the Accompanying Officer who promised to request from the employer that adequate work-clothing should be given out.
Laundry is done by a civilian woman outside the camp.
Money and Pay
There is no canteen; the Man of Confidence is able to buy a few things now and then in the village.
Stalag XVIII A/Z will arrange for a visit by a padre as soon as possible.
Recreation and exercise
The Man of Confidence asks for a football. This wish will be transmitted to the YMCA. Swimming is allowed in the lake.
Mail is coming in very slowly. Furthermore this camp always is receiving the mail of another camp as the numbers of the two camps are similar; the Accompanying Officer promised to look into the matter himself when back at the main Stalag (Wolfsberg).
The Man of Confidence says that often for some small offence on the part of one man, all of the prisoners are punished in some way or another.When discussing this point with the Accompanying Officer and the Kommandofuehrer, it was explained that in such cases there was no question of collective punishment or punishment at all but merely a withdrawal of certain privileges.
If it were not for the fact that the firm puts off the prisoners all the time, it could be considered as a fairly good camp.