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Re: CONCENTRATION CAMP SURVIVORS
Dear Sir / Madam,
My name is Alexander McClelland I am an Australian veteran of WWII, a TPI (Totally
and Permanently Incapacitated) and a survivor of a Concentration Camp.
Aged 19 I volunteered for the AIF and fought as a Bren Gunner in 2/1 Infantery
Btn in North Africa, Greece and Crete where I was wounded and captured by German
forces. I spent the rest of the war as a POW but due to my many escape attempts
I was finally put into the TEREZIN Concentration Camp close to the Theresienstadt
Ghetto in Czechoslovakia.
I have recorded my experiences in an autobiographical book entitled : ‘The
Answer- Justice’ . In 1965 I was featured in an award winning but historically
inaccurate Australian television documentary on Theresienstadt called ‘Where
Death wears a smile’
I don’t receive my TPI Pension because of the heavy wounds I received in
the battle action on Crete. I get my TPI Pension because of the inhumane treatment
I received in the Concentration Camp. It is a mistake to believe that the Germans
had enough spare manpower to staff and run the concentration camps. The Germans
only ever guarded the outer perimeter of the camps, we Prisoners hardly saw German
soldiers, so it was not the SS or German guards that beat me up daily.
No, the daily beatings that left me totally incapacitated, came from two fellow
Prisoners called KAPOS.
Kapos (or Camp Police) had extra priviliges, such as their own room and they also
had power, For example the Power to say who got to visit the Camp Sick Bay or
the Camp Brothel, and because of the absence of the very disciplined Germans,
these Kapos even had the Power over Life & Death.
The two Kapos that beat me daily, using a heavy wooden baton they called ‘Herr
Doktor’ (The Doctor) were both fellow Prisoners, both were Jewish, one from
Hungary and the other was, I believe, a Ukrainian. I was often witness when they
dragged other hapless prisoners from their cells onto the ‘Appelplatz’
and beat them to death with ‘The Doctor’.
So whenever I meet a ‘ Camp survivor’ now, I look him deeply in the
eyes to see what sort of a ‘survivor’ they are....whether they were
really a Prisoner just like me, or whether they were one of the many ‘Privileged’ ones who survived the war being more inhumane to other Prisoners than the Germans
As a matter of fact, it was a German SS Soldier who saved my life after the Kapos,
who after beating me sent me outside the camp on a work detail, with a dangerously
poisoned leg. The SS Soldier walking by, saw my mates helping me, came over and
then gave me his medical kit.
I now look deeply into the eyes of the ‘survivors’, because I know
that not all Concentration Camp survivors were innocent victims. I know that a
lot of the Prisoners were brutal and inhumane criminals. The world has never been
told the whole truth about what life in the Camps was like. All we ever hear or
read in the media is , how bad the German guards were and how badly they treated
their Prisoners. I was in more than 8 POW Camps and a Concentration Camp, so who
would know the truth? Me or the Media!
PO Box 887 Toronto NSW 2283
Mr. McClelland has reportedly written a book describing the manner in which the Allies routinely abused the Red Cross, one of the worst offenses against international law. When he protested, he was simply told to "shut up and follow orders". The above link may not work, but it is on the web someplace. It's the third time I've posted the same Internet address. -C.P.
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