The Kitchener Camp Review

This page is under construction, gradually being added to as I get some time in the archives to make notes.

If anyone has original copies of any of the following issues, images would be gratefully received!

March, May, June, July, August, October (1939)

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Notes and images are reproduced here with the very kind permission of the May family

The Kitchener Camp Review was published monthly.

“The journal of the Kitchener Camp for refugees at Richborough, near Sandwich written by and for them”

March  1939 – extracts

Arrival of the refugees

It is usually evening when the refugees arrive, struggling with their heavy trunks, sacks, rugs and coats over the churned up roadways which lead between the long, low huts …

It may from the outside present a rather bleak aspect: but directly the men come into the temporary dining room, they are greeted by the refugees already here as long lost brothers, and it is very touching to see the warmth and gladness of the welcome…

It is up to everybody fortunate enough to be here to work hard so as to enable this Camp to be got ready for those who are still unfortunate enough to be in Germany.


Our recreation

The recreational side of the camp has already got going, and every evening in the Common Room the refugees will be seen playing ping-pong, chess, draughts, or billiards, or investigating the intricacies of darts, which they did not know prior to their arrival here; there is also a punch ball and boxing gloves for those so inclined …

During the weekend we had our first outing, when the large family, dividing into different parties, visited the village and strolled over the Golf Course to the sea, some even being fortunate enough to be taken out for car drives.

A further evidence of great kindness and friendship towards the refugees comes from the manager of the New Empire cinema, in Sandwich, who has extended an invitation to them to visit his Cinema in any evening they wish.

Kitchener camp, Empire cinema, Sandwich 2017
Kitchener camp, Empire cinema, Sandwich 2017

Numbers are as yet small: at the time of going to press there are eighty in Camp.


Editor: The following article was written by the camp doctor, “the only Italian refugee so far in Camp.”

Our hospital is comparatively big: we have 25 beds, which is a good proportion for a proposed population of 3,500. But we have to consider that whereas in the normal conditions some people are able to stay in their own homes in bed when they have even a small temperature, it is not advisable that he should remain in one of our huts … [The] hospital is better arranged than the usual public hospital. Instead of one big ward, we have cubicles for single beds. 


A temporary menu

Breakfast is porridge, bread and butter, and tea or coffee

No. 1 (lunches)

Sun

Marmite soup

Veg

Fish cakes

Fruit compote
Mon

Stew

Veg

Plum duff
Tues

Boiled cod

Sauce

Veg

Bread pudding 
Wed

Boiled beef

Veg

Fruit compote 
Thurs

Fillets haddock

Veg

Treacle pudding 
Fri

Saveloys

Mashed potatoes 

Jam tart
Sat

Veg soup

Mince meat

Veg

Apples

Richborough camp, Sandwich 1939, Hans Friedrich Elias
Kitchener camp, 1939, Hans Friedrich Elias, with his brother Eduard Elias

Recognised in the photograph by family, Hans Einziger, third from the left, wearing spectacles

No. 2 (suppers)
Sun

Veg pie

Bread and butter

Cocoa
Mon 

Macaroni cheese

Bread and butter

Cocoa
Tues

1 egg

Cheese

Bread and butter

Cocoa
Wed 

Pea soup

Bread and butter

Cocoa
Thurs

Cheese

Pickles

Bread and butter

Cocoa 
Fri

Fried fish

Bread and butter

Cocoa 
Sat

Pilchards

Bread and butter

Cocoa 

Kitchener Camp Review, April 1939, Front cover
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The Diary of Phineas May
Monday, 19 June 1939
"In the evening Prof. Bondy arrived back, and is just staying for a few days. He is going to run a similar camp in Holland."

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