Saturday, October 19, 2013

Oct

19

1943

Disabled PoWs repatriated in Prisoner Exchange

Wounded German POWs being checked aboard the hospital ship SS TAIREA at Port Said, from where they were to sail to Barcelona for repatriation, 18 October 1943.

Three hours spent among the 1,200 new passengers in the Drottningholm on Monday morning furnished a stimulating and indeed an inspiring experience. Most of them had been prisoners for well over three years; all had endured long and severe hardships; some were maimed and many more had less obvious injuries, yet all of them displayed a buoyant spirit. It became apparent, after on had talked with the men in different parts of the ship, that theirs was not merely the natural cheerfulness of men who were going home. These were men whose confident spirit had remained high and intact through the darkest period.