REPRODUCED AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES
FEDERAL POLITICAL DEPARTMENT
Division of Foreign Internees
To the Legation of the
B.24.US (13)51-Weihsien Camp-HE/sch.
In accordance with the wish expressed in the kind note A.f. No. 9739 of October 11, 1944, the Division of Foreign Interests of the Federal Political Department has the honor to inform the Legation of the United States of America that the Swiss Consulate General at Shanghai has transmitted to it the following information supplied by Messrs. Egger and Joerg, Swiss representatives at Shantung and Tientsin, after visits which they made at the end of August, 1944, to the civilian internment camp of Weihsien.
If the Italian section is excluded, the internees number 1424, of whom 204 are Americans, 103 Filipinos and 2 Panamanians. They have established a General Committee and various Commissions to insure good operation of the camp.
It is installed on a large tract of
land belonging to a
The camp is administered by Mr. Kita,
Japanese Consul General at
The food is almost satisfactory; in any
case it is much superior in quantity and quality to that supplied in the
The canteen sells particularly fruits, eggs, various other foodstuffs and cigarettes but it is often poorly stocked.
A large number of internees receive
each month a parcel of from ten to fifteen books forwarded by friends who
reside in northern
Mr. Egger is making every effort to supply the internees with shoes and clothing of which they are in urgent need.
The health of the internees in general is good. During the summer there were various light ailments. The sick are treated by doctor internees. Most of the hospital equipment, instruments and medicament have been furnished by the Swiss representatives with the aid of official funds placed at their disposal. A good radio set was recently acquired.
Great efforts have been exerted in order to ensure the education of some four hundred interned children.
Religious services are celebrated in satisfactory manner.
The Swiss representatives have been able to discuss all problems relating to camp life with the members of the Committee in the presence of the Japanese authorities.
The Japanese authorities do little to improve the camp on the pretext that the lack funds and the Swiss representatives found it necessary strongly to insist in order to obtain a few small improvements.
These conditions, relief of 2,000 CRB dollars is wholly inadequate. In addition the Swiss representatives are obliged to finance among others a large number of necessary purchases (medicaments, dietetic foods, clothing, etc.).
In conclusion the Swiss Consulate
General has expressed the view that the conditions of internment at Weihsien
are satisfactory, especially if this camp is compared with those in the