AANTEKENINGEN - NOTES
This page contains the names (in their handwriting) from men that were in the
ward of the Roman Catholic Hospital together with me. (Krankenhaus Maria Hilf, the
Hospital was at Bensberg near Gladbach. see page 16)
I do not know of any of these men are still alive.
It is hard to say, I lost contact over the years.
However I do know that they were a lot older than I was.
Rottiers Jean was a Belgian soldier who was held prisoner.
Grazioli Emilio was an Italian soldier who was held prisoner.
van Woorduijk A. was a slave-labourer
Siedler Iwan was a White Russian, why he was in Germany I do not know. He
was afraid to be sent back home.
All the above and myself were (very graciously?) accepted by the nuns of this
Hospital (name Krankenhaus Maria Hilf at Bensberg). We all had the same illness ( EPIDEMIC
TYPHUS FEVER , exanthematic typhus), and all came from different camps in the
area. Some did not get such a high fever as I did but had a struggle to stay at
the normal temperature and not fall below the normal.
I did have the highest
temperature and pulse rate that any of the professionals had seen (including the
American Army doctors). I was unconscious for some days and was near death when
I received the last rites in my hospital bed. (so I was told, I only remember
some candles placed around me and somebody touching my forehead)
After that however, I recuperated the quickest.