Fort XIII (Wild, David. Prisoners of hope. 1992. London)

Friday, May 13, 2011

Death and illnesses in Stalag XXA

Marienburg Commonwealth Cemetery

Because of the poor conditions POWS were very weak, many of them died, hundreds were so weak that they could barely move. Many POWs suffered from TB, skin sores, loss of teeth, hair loss, stomach crumps and diarrhoea. Yet, there were many men who did not managed to deal with mental problems, some POWs simply went mad, one POW even jumped off the roof.

Each fort contains a small dispensary with some 10 cots, but cases of any seriousness are sent to the hospital in the above mentioned fort situated between the two forts occupied as living quarters.  This lanaret has 170 beds, but was occupied by 43 patients of whom 3 only were Britshers; two were surgical cases and one man was suffering from pneumonia.  These men were being looked after by a British sanitary corps however  the surgical cases were minor ones, one suffering from a cyst while the other had an injury to his knee.  The lasaret was clean and well kept; its 15 closets which were provided with newspapers for use and had been recently installed, provided a welcome contrast to the unattractive closets of the forts.

                                           Pic.3. Funeral in Stalag XXA


Many POWs died in Stalag XXA, those were buried in garrison military cemetery in Thorn, others were transported to Marienburg Commonwealth Cemetery (see above photos). Yet what is worth mentioning, Germans allowed the honorable funerals which included salves and flags on the coffins. 

"Let me out you bastards".2011.Toruń 
US embassy reports from 1940
Camp histories 

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