Re: POW - Suggestions to Find Answer - David L. Hamiter
Subject: Re: POW - Suggestions to Find Answer
From: David L. Hamiter
Date: February 15, 1999

Terry Helsley wrote:

 I have just talked with Dr. Fritz Hamer at the SC State Museum. Dr.
> Hamer published a paper on German POWs which was published in The
> Proceedings of The South Carolina Historical Association, 1994.
> Hamer interviewed Wolfgang (Peter) Repp in 1991. Mr. Repp, known as
> Wolgang Peter before the war, was held at Fort Gordon (Augusta GA) and
> at the Aiken sub-camp. Repp is someone you should call if he is still
> alive.
> Repp told of many drinking guards.  On more than one instance, the guard
> would slip into the woods with his bottle while the German detail
> worked.  At the end of the workday, Repp and other prisoners had to go
> find their guard before returning to camp. This confirms the many
> stories
> on this forum concerning the POWs lack of a desire to escape.
> Hamer believes that prisoners who died in the Aiken sub-camp, at least
> earlier in the war, were buried at Fort Gordon GA.  Ft Gordon is/was
> just across the South Carolina/Georgia border from Aiken.
> The largest active historical society in the area is probably the one in
> Augusta Georgia. If the site - - is
> working for you, you may find help from that list in Aiken or nearby.
> A call to the North Augusta Mayor's office or town Chamber of Commerce
> may put you on the trail of your genealogist.  Don't forget
> which has a link to almost every county in the
> US.  Augusta/Fort Gordon's county in GA is Richmond.  Aiken/North
> Augusta are in Aiken County SC.
> Dr. Hamer says that the records of the German POWs are among the Provost
> General papers at the National Archives.  He says that the records for
> SC camps are skimpy but the GA records are better.  Hamer also kindly
> offers his e:mail address because of his interest in the topic.  It is
> [email protected].
> If your Mr. Lewis died over 50 years ago in South Carolina, his death
> record could be at the SC Archives.  If not, and you are a close
> relative (which I assume) then you could probably obtain the record from
> the Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC), part of SC
> state government.
> Dr. Hamer also cited a Masters Thesis from the University of South
> Carolina by Judy Wyatt, "US Policy Toward German Prisoners of War and
> its Application in South Carolina," 1985.  This thesis can be found
> at the South Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina.
> Good luck
> Terry Helsley

Hello All,
If I were you, I would not trust one word anyone claiming to represent the
SC State Museum has to say. These people are not , in my opinion, interested
in preserving the real history of SC, but  they only want to preserve what
they perceive as the past which is a joke.

Since I'm a paid researcher I rarely comment on this list even though I read
it on a daily basis. During WWII my father was a government contractor that
utilized P.O.W. Labor at Fort Jackson SC. German P.O.W.s were used to do
laundry at Fort Jackson. I remember where the prison camp these folks were
confined in was located ,but they are now residential areas in northeast
Columbia SC.  The  largest POW JAIL that I recall was located on the north
end of Hunt Club Road in Columbia SC. I think there is an
elementary school there now. If you check out the area you will see the old
sewage line outlets  and vents in the area.

I remember my father telling me that despite his efforts the Germans would
find a way to cut the left pants leg off every pair of trousers they pressed

David L. Hamiter
[email protected]

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