Camp Reports – Paaren and Bornim

Transcript from copy held at US National Archives.

Source Document: US National Archives Washington (NARA) ; RG 84 Records of Foreign Service Posts ; Diplomatic Posts – Great Britain – Volume 0763

Report of visits made by Dr. A.E.Taylor and Dr. D.J. McCarthy to working camps at Paaren and Bornim

Paaren: Two British were here found quartered and employed by a farmer. They had their food with the farmer, and at his table. They were comfortably quartered in the place. There was no guard here.

Their work was the usual farm work. They began work at 6am and worked to 8.30. They then had second breakfast, worked from 8.30 to 11.30. Dinner was taken and they began work again from 8.30 to 11.30. Dinner was taken and work 1.30 and worked until 4. They had a rest of ½ hour for coffee and then worked from 4.30 to 5.30 when they had supper.

They stated that food and quarters were satisfactory. Mail and packages were promptly delivered. They had no complaints to make., Both men had been here for 11 months. They were paid 30 pfennigs per day for their work, payable at the end of each week.

Bornim. There were four British privates quartered and employed in a farm at this place. They were comfortably housed in a stone building, in a room on the ground floor well ventilated heated 16 by 16 by 8 feet with good beds and bedding.

Their food was supplied by the farmer and they ate in their room. The food was satisfactory. In addition they had their packages which came regularly once a week. Bathing facilities were furnished at the farm house. A separate latrine of the usual well privy type was assigned to them. They did the usual farm work. Hours of work as follows:

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6am to 8am

8.30am to 12

1 pm to 3.30

4pm to 7.

For this work they were paid 30 pfennigs per day, paid at the end of each week.

On Sundays the necessary care of the stock was required, but no other work. For this they received an additional 20 pfennigs.

They were restricted to the farm yard and court on Sundays. We requested that more liberty be given the men on Sundays, and that they later be permitted to swim in the canal under the supervision of the farmer, who here acted as their guard.



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