Posted 13 May 2010 - 08:16 PM
Report of the camp from Miscellaneous No 19 (1915) Further Correspondence with the United States Ambassador respecting the Treatment of British Prisoners of War and Interned Civilians in Germany; Cd 8108
The camp is situated in the hills above the town in newly built barracks. The prisoners are housed in concrete stalls, which have never been used, and are scrupulously clean. The Lazaret and offices, etc, are in the buildings built for the German non-commissioned officer’s casino. The most notable features of the camp are the central steam-heating throughout, and the special building for washing clothes, containing tubs of hot water, a large wringing machine, and a drying room. These features I found repeated in other Saxon camps.
There are 6,000 prisoners at Chemnitz, though a large number are temporarily at work outside. This total is made up of about 1,000 Russian prisoners of war, 4,000 French prisoners of war, about 1,000 French civilians and one English civilian, Henry Lifton of Birmingham, who was resident at Noyon, France at the outbreak of the war. Mr Lifton informed me that he had absolutely no complaints, and that he preferred staying at Chemnitz to being moved to a camp with other English. The commandant informed me that Lifton is employed as an interpreter.
Berlin, October 18, 1915