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There is a very interesting bundle of old correspondence which is up for sale on EBay ( end July 2014)
I have copied the description below as it helps shed some more light on the camp.

The ebay item number is 400750168459

 

A GEM FOR WWII GERMANYHISTORIANS / RESEARCHERS / COLLECTORS / WRITERS

 

Around 2.1 KILO / 4.2 LBS of German history towards, during and just after World War II 

  

PLEASE NOTE: because this is a very heavy shipment I only ship to the USA and ALL EUROPEAN (Union) countries. Unfortunately all other countries are way too expensive to ship secure to. 

 

PLEASE NOTE: THIS LOT IS A GEM BUT NOT OF USE TO WWII COLLECTORS WHO ARE LOOKING FOR STAMPS.

  

HISTORICAL IMPORTANCE:

  

What did this German Lieutnant in 1947/48 in the infamous Camp 18 Featherstone what was considered to be only for the most heavy German Officers?

 

WAR LETTERS STORY OF GERMAN TEACHER WHO BECAME LIEUTENANT DURING WWII AND ENDED UP IN THE INFAMOUS BRITISH POW CAMP NR 18 –FEATHERSTONE PARK CAMP – HALTWHISTLE – NORTHUMBERLAND – GREAT BRITAIN.

 

Story spans 10 years from 1938 to 1948 

 

Often the historical value of WWII war letters – Feldpost of German soldiers / officers revolves around new information about battles or just about the real life of Germans during the war. 

 

In the case of this lot it revolves around the historical facts of a German Lieutenant ending up in the UK to be Denazified. 

 

Featherstone Camp was constructed in 1944 to accommodate US soldiers before their  departure to Normandy for the Invasion of France. Later on it became a POW camp. It is often “official” stated that “Camp 18” was specific for holding the “Black Nazis”, officers who believed in Hitler’s Germany and needed to be  thorough denazified before repatriation. 

 

Those “Black” German prisoners were administrative labelled white, grey or black depending the strength of their believes. The “White” and “Grey” were all released the latest in the run of 1947, a few had to stay until the camp closed (?) in the summer of 1948. Anyway, that is what we read in history. 

 

This lot of letters tells the story of a German Lieutenant who was still present in December 1947 in the camp. Please note! It does not tell the story trough POW letters what often is the way that life in camps is historical justified (based on Censored letters and prisoners who knew that they should not write anything that could be used against them). In this case the entire story of the officer is told from 1938 to 1944 as what he did and in what battles he was and especially how he thought during the war. His latest news was from August 1944 (In Russia!!). His son was born the next month. Nothing was heard anymore until he pops up in POW camp 18. The letters of the wife and family are not delivered though. Neither did they receive letters from him on a regular basis. Two letters to POW Camp 18 are enclosed in this shipment, stamped in December 1947. 

 

 Although  he was just as his girlfriend (who he married during the war) a young proud German, the real “Black German” isn’t visible in their lifes. He was a teacher. She was the daughter of a businessman in Kiel (the naval war capital during WWII). The girl entered the obliged RAD (Reichsarbeitsdienst) and worked for the DRK (Deutsches Rotes Kreuz under the NSDAP) and he was placed in the famous historical Military school of Juterbog. 

 

Soon ending up in the Military hospital at Tempelhoff in Berlin and after that moving around with his unit ending up in battles all over the place. Then in 1944 the officer is missing, very detailed described in letters from his mother to his wife… such as that his travel case was send by the army from Russia to her home. 

 

A part of the letters also show the drama after the war when the wife was set without money (as most Germans), asking for financial help (to his former employer as teacher etc...) what did not work due to his POW status as convinced POW, so called “Black German POW”.