POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 97

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                                                                                                48.

                                        Clausthal

Clausthal prison camp is situated right in the country about

a mile out of the town. In the very heart of what Badeker

would call the beautiful Hartz scenery. Chausthal itself is a 

good rise from the plan ...  Certainly the surroundings are

beautiful & certainly truely the air is good & healthy. I felt the

difference at once. The building itself was a Kurhouse or

Hotel, built mostly of wood. It was naturally overcrowded

All the best rooms in the place had been taken by the

Belgians, who were specially favoured being mostly put to-

gether. They fell from grace in the autumn of 1916, but

up to then, Belgian subalterns had the most favoured rooms.

We were on arrival told off to  ...  I was put into a

room with 3 Russians , the next day however there was a

new distribution & I was put into the next room with a 

Belgrian, a French and a Russian. This was a small

single room at the top of the house. It was frightfully

crowded but fortunately had an open verandah where we

placed the washing- stand. At this period there were no

baths in the house; these were not put in for about

6 months. We could get a bath each week by being

marched in parties to the WILHELM mine & here on the

payment of 30 Pfs for shower or 49 for a long bath we

could wash. There were but 2 long baths which the seniors

took as a rule. We now could see how the German Gov-

-ernment took care if its work people. The showers were

much superior to any we had come across in the

various camps. Each shower being in a separate cubicle

The German workman when we arrive , changes his

clothes which he hangs up dr on a wire, draws this


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                                                                                                48.

                                        Clausthal

Clausthal prison camp is situated right in the country about

a mile out of the town. In the very heart of what Badeker

would call the beautiful Hartz scenery. Chausthal itself is a 

good rise from the plan ...  Certainly the surroundings are

beautiful & certainly truely the air is good & healthy. I felt the

difference at once. The building itself was a Kurhouse or

Hotel, built mostly of wood. It was naturally overcrowded

All the best rooms in the place had been taken by the

Belgians, who were specially favoured being mostly put to-

gether. They fell from grace in the autumn of 1916, but

up to then, Belgian subalterns had the most favoured rooms.

We were on arrival told off to  ...  I was put into a

room with 3 Russians , the next day however there was a

new distribution & I was put into the next room with a 

Belgrian, a French and a Russian. This was a small

single room at the top of the house. It was frightfully

crowded but fortunately had an open verandah where we

placed the washing- stand. At this period there were no

baths in the house; these were not put in for about

6 months. We could get a bath each week by being

marched in parties to the WILHELM mine & here on the

payment of 30 Pfs for shower or 49 for a long bath we

could wash. There were but 2 long baths which the seniors

took as a rule. We now could see how the German Gov-

-ernment took care if its work people. The showers were

much superior to any we had come across in the

various camps. Each shower being in a separate cubicle

The German workman when we arrive , changes his

clothes which he hangs up dr on a wire, draws this



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  • June 22, 2017 18:17:34 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                                    48.

                                            Clausthal

    Clausthal prison camp is situated right in the country about

    a mile out of the town. In the very heart of what Badeker

    would call the beautiful Hartz scenery. Chausthal itself is a 

    good rise from the plan ...  Certainly the surroundings are

    beautiful & certainly truely the air is good & healthy. I felt the

    difference at once. The building itself was a Kurhouse or

    Hotel, built mostly of wood. It was naturally overcrowded

    All the best rooms in the place had been taken by the

    Belgians, who were specially favoured being mostly put to-

    gether. They fell from grace in the autumn of 1916, but

    up to then, Belgian subalterns had the most favoured rooms.

    We were on arrival told off to  ...  I was put into a

    room with 3 Russians , the next day however there was a

    new distribution & I was put into the next room with a 

    Belgrian, a French and a Russian. This was a small

    single room at the top of the house. It was frightfully

    crowded but fortunately had an open verandah where we

    placed the washing- stand. At this period there were no

    baths in the house; these were not put in for about

    6 months. We could get a bath each week by being

    marched in parties to the WILHELM mine & here on the

    payment of 30 Pfs for shower or 49 for a long bath we

    could wash. There were but 2 long baths which the seniors

    took as a rule. We now could see how the German Gov-

    -ernment took care if its work people. The showers were

    much superior to any we had come across in the

    various camps. Each shower being in a separate cubicle

    The German workman when we arrive , changes his

    clothes which he hangs up dr on a wire, draws this


  • June 22, 2017 18:14:30 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                                    48.

                                            Clausthal

    Clausthal prison camp is situated right in the country about

    a mile out of the town. In the very heart of what Badeker

    would call the beautiful Hartz scenery. Chausthal itself is a 

    good rise from the plan ...  Certainly the surroundings are

    beautiful & certainly truely the air is good & healthy. I felt the

    difference at once. The building itself was a Kurhouse or

    Hotel, built mostly of wood. It was naturally overcrowded

    All the best rooms in the place had been taken by the

    Belgians, who were specially favoured being mostly put to-

    gether. They fell from grace in the autumn of 1916, but

    up to then, Belgian subalterns had the most favoured rooms.

    We were on arrival told off to  ...  I was put into a

    room with 3 Russians , the next day however there was a

    new distribution & I was put into the next room with a 

    Belgrian, a French and a Russian. This was a small

    single room at the top of the house. It was frightfully

    crowded but fortunately had an open verandah where we

    placed the washing- stand. At this period there were no

    baths in the house; these were not put in for about

    6 months. We could get a bath each week by being

    marched in parties to the WILHELM mine & here on the

    payment of 30 Pfs for shower or 49 for a long bath we

    could wash. There were but 2 long baths which the seniors

    took as a rule. We now could see how the German Gov-

    -ernment took care if its work people. The showers were

    much superior to any we had come across in the

    various camps. Each shower being in a separate cubicle

    The German workman when we arrive , changes his

    clothes which he hangs up 




  • June 22, 2017 17:42:52 Annick Rodriguez

                                                                                                    48.

                                            Clausthal

    Clausthal prison camp is situated right in the country about

    a mile out of the town. In the very heart of what Badeker

    would call the beautiful Hartz scenery. Chausthal itself is a 

    good rise from the plan ...  Certainly the surroundings are

    beautiful & certainly truely the air is good & healthy. I felt the

    difference at once. The building itself was a Kurhouse or

    Hotel, built mostly of wood. It was naturally overcrowded

    All the best rooms in the place had been taken by the

    Belgians, who were specially favoured being mostly put to-

    gether. They fell from grace in the autumn of 1916, but

    up to then, Belgian subalterns had the most favoured rooms.

    We were on arrival told off to  ...  I was put into a

    room with 3 Russians , the next day however there was a




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