POW diaries - Captain Percival Lowe, item 171

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                         84.

The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly

instincts. No tins of food stuff were allowed to leave

Germany; this we knew from previous searches - I had brought

a fair amount with me- but all the decent food such

as hams. jam cocoa ^[insert] etc [/insert] had been looted out of my box

on the journey to Constance. I had a few tins left

then I carefully punctured. The Baron said I could send

them back to a camp- and I sent about 2lbs of tea

saying the few tins they could do what they liked with. I

hope they may poison a German a two.

This talking of food is most illogical, as a percentage of

parcels which were forwarded to Clausthal after I left,

were sent on by the Germans unopened to Switzerland.

However I lost all my food, all my soap, every scrap

of paper with writting on it. That is to say all the

careful notes I had made in French when I tried to study

the language . My shorthand notes- all financial &

private notes- My tennis balls were taken there the

Baron said could be sent back to a camp. My whistle

which I had been permitted to keep so far was taken

"as spoil of the German army".

A great many of my drawings were also removed. I do



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                         84.

The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly

instincts. No tins of food stuff were allowed to leave

Germany; this we knew from previous searches - I had brought

a fair amount with me- but all the decent food such

as hams. jam cocoa ^[insert] etc [/insert] had been looted out of my box

on the journey to Constance. I had a few tins left

then I carefully punctured. The Baron said I could send

them back to a camp- and I sent about 2lbs of tea

saying the few tins they could do what they liked with. I

hope they may poison a German a two.

This talking of food is most illogical, as a percentage of

parcels which were forwarded to Clausthal after I left,

were sent on by the Germans unopened to Switzerland.

However I lost all my food, all my soap, every scrap

of paper with writting on it. That is to say all the

careful notes I had made in French when I tried to study

the language . My shorthand notes- all financial &

private notes- My tennis balls were taken there the

Baron said could be sent back to a camp. My whistle

which I had been permitted to keep so far was taken

"as spoil of the German army".

A great many of my drawings were also removed. I do




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  • June 30, 2017 18:44:08 Annick Rodriguez

                             84.

    The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

    the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

    hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

    except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

    out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

    Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

    orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

    But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

    commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly

    instincts. No tins of food stuff were allowed to leave

    Germany; this we knew from previous searches - I had brought

    a fair amount with me- but all the decent food such

    as hams. jam cocoa ^[insert] etc [/insert] had been looted out of my box

    on the journey to Constance. I had a few tins left

    then I carefully punctured. The Baron said I could send

    them back to a camp- and I sent about 2lbs of tea

    saying the few tins they could do what they liked with. I

    hope they may poison a German a two.

    This talking of food is most illogical, as a percentage of

    parcels which were forwarded to Clausthal after I left,

    were sent on by the Germans unopened to Switzerland.

    However I lost all my food, all my soap, every scrap

    of paper with writting on it. That is to say all the

    careful notes I had made in French when I tried to study

    the language . My shorthand notes- all financial &

    private notes- My tennis balls were taken there the

    Baron said could be sent back to a camp. My whistle

    which I had been permitted to keep so far was taken

    "as spoil of the German army".

    A great many of my drawings were also removed. I do



  • June 30, 2017 18:36:39 Annick Rodriguez

                             84.

    The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

    the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

    hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

    except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

    out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

    Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

    orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

    But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

    commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly

    instincts. No tins of food stuff were allowed to leave

    Germany; this we knew from previous searches - I had brought

    a fair amount with me- but all the decent food such

    as hams. jam cocoa ^[insert] etc [/insert] had been looted out of my box

    on the journey to Constance. I had a few tins left

    then I carefully punctured. The Baron said I could send

    them back to a camp- and I sent about 2lbs of tea

    saying the few tins they could do what they liked with. I

    hope they may poison a German a two.

    This talking of food is most illogical, as a percentage of

    parcels which were forwarded to Clausthal after I left,

    were sent on by the Germans unopened to Switzerland.




  • June 30, 2017 18:35:21 Annick Rodriguez

                             84.

    The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

    the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

    hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

    except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

    out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

    Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

    orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

    But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

    commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly

    instincts. No tins of food stuff were allowed to leave

    Germany; this we knew from previous searches - I had brought

    a fair amount with me- but all the decent food such

    as hams. jam cocoa ^[insert] etc [/insert] had been looted out of my box

    on the journey to Constance. I had a few tins left

    then I carefully punctured. The Baron said I could send

    them back to a camp- and I sent about 2lbs of tea

    saying the few tins they could do what they liked with. I



  • June 30, 2017 18:33:59 Annick Rodriguez

                             84.

    The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

    the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

    hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

    except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

    out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

    Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

    orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

    But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

    commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly

    instincts. No tins of food stuff were allowed to leave

    Germany; this we knew from previous searches - I had brought

    a fair amount with me- but all the decent food such

    as hams. jam cocoa ^[insert] etc [/insert] had been looted out of my box


  • June 30, 2017 18:27:59 Annick Rodriguez

                             84.

    The German method of cleaning a room is as follows. Sprinkle

    the floor with water to lay the dust, then run over with a

    hard brush. This is the only cleaning  I have ever seen done.

    except the during Room at Clausthal which was washed

    out once a week- (Constance hospital certainly was not)

    Also of course when we had an English sleeping room, our

    orderlies kept it out & cleaned when ordered.

    But to continue. The Baron was accompanied by the camp

    commandant an ancient major with more or less gentlemanly



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