My father arrived there sometime early in 1945 after having captured late in the Ardennes Offensive. He was in the camp until September 3rd 1945. He was had the number A 476444 but I have no idea if this was his number from the German military or one assigned to him in the camp. He arrived in the camp around his 23rd birthday with no knowledge what had happened to his family. At about the same time his father August von Schulmann was shot and dumped in a mass grave just east of the pre-war German/Polish border.
Camp 2226 seems to have held close to 20,000 German POWs of which 1/4 were officers and a number very senior naval officers.
|A letter of reference for my father|
|Discharge papers for Axel von Schulmann - due to water damage the details are|
very hard to make out
My father's knowledge of English allowed him to get the work in the documents office of POW Camp 2226.. In general his knowledge of English benefited him several times between 1945 and 1952, when he arrived in Quebec City he had his first job in Canada before he even left the ship.
Why did my father know English? It comes from his high school in Estonia. At age 16 he was fluent in German and English and spoke decent Estonian. Even though his education was in a German school, it was not the same as what was learned in Germany. He graduated in 1938 from the Pernauer Deutsche Realgymnasium. Remember, this was a school without any ideological leanings and no mass purging of teachers.
My father was released relatively early because he was a of a low rank and had a place to go to. The family had an central address to contact each other at. I suspect the fact he worked well with the Camp staff helped gain him an early release. Others remained in British camps for several years.
update on October 5th - pictures of Camp 2227 can be found at this link, thank you to Meredith Schofield