NEW ZEALAND DISASTERS AND TRAGEDIES
WORLD WAR TWO
PRISONERS OF WAR
Thank you to Bill Rudd of Melbourne who with his colleagues are doing so much on behalf of all exPOW's to see that they and their families receive what is due to them.
TEREZIN (THERESIENSTADT) CONCENTRATION CAMP - ANZAC Prisoners of War
The Small Fortress in Terezin was also used as a punishment prison for Allied Prisoners of War who persisted in escape attempts. Prisoners from Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland were imprisoned and witnessed the horrendous inhuman mistreatment of the largely Jewish population. Keeping Prisoners of War in such a camp was against the Geneva Convention, and the camp was under the direct control of the Gestapo who refused to acknowledge the POWs' special status
Terezin was the punishment prison for Walter WISE (Australia), Charles CROALL (NZ), Roy LOMAS (NZ), Ray REID (NZ), Gerry MILLS (NZ), Sid DAVISON (NZ), Tom McLEOD (NZ), Alf BOOKER (NZ), Jock BONE (UK), Herb CULLEN (Australia), Tama TAMAKI (NZ), Wal RILEY (Australia), Tom MOTTRAM (NZ), Jim ILOTT and Alexander McCLELLAND (Australia). All survived but suffered chronic physical and mental health problems for most of their lives.
For many years the Australian and New Zealand governments denied that any of their servicemen had been sent to Terezin, but after several years of campaigns the Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke established a committee of investigation in 1987 which eventually ordered $10,000 compensation payments to the surviving (Australian) veterans.
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Thank you to Robert Loughnan for pointing this out to me.
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