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Re: A Toy Dog Made by a German PoW
« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2015, 13:12:22 »
With reference to toys made by prisoners of war, my sister and I had a toy made by POW from a camp in Strood. The camp was an old school in Canal road. The toy consisted of a table tennis size 'bat' on which were four small wooden chickens which were jointed at the hip and neck; each bird had a length of string that passed through a hole in the middle of the bat which was weighted. I can't really recall the mechanics of the toy but if you slowly moved the bat up and down, the chickens pecked at the bat.


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A Toy Dog Made by a German PoW
« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2015, 21:33:27 »
Prior to March 1944 there were, at any one time, never more than 1,750 enemy prisoners of war held in Britain. Due mainly to the continuing threat of invasion most PoWs were shipped out to Canada, America and South Africa. After D-day PoWs became more numerous and more camps were established in Britain. By September 1946, when repatriation began, there were 402,200 PoWs in Britain. Of these 169,000 had volunteered to do agricultural work.
Among these were a group who worked at Wested Farm near Swanley.

IWM (EPH 6354). This pull-along Daschund toy dog was made for Christopher Duke and his brother from an old apple crate fixed together with pieces of scrap metal. It was one of several homemade toys made for the children of the Duke family by German prisoners of war who worked on Wested Farm near Swanley in Kent during the final years of the Second World War. The Duke children had very few toys so these homemade gifts were cherished by them. Walter Klemenz was one of the German prisoners that the Duke family got to know well. Walter was older than the other prisoners and Christopher's little sister Felicity reminded Walter of his own daughter back in Germany. The Duke family shared Christmas lunch with their German friends and treated them as they did the other workers on the farm. The family's kindness to them was not forgotten. Walter Klemenz returned to Germany in 1948 and wrote back to the family regularly in the following years.
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