Letters from former German POWs to Morgan Foods
In a letter to John Morgan in the 1980s, Johann Reitner recalled his days at Camp Austin. Noted below is Dinnen’s report of Reitner’s life as a POW in Austin. The Reitner story is followed by a letter written to John Morgan also in the 1980s, from Herbert Fischbach another German POW.
Johann Reitner – German POW Story – Camp Austin Indiana – Source: Stephen P. Dinnen report, 1993:
“‘I think I was not too much a hero since I was caught sleeping in a bed,’ Reitner wrote nearly 50-years later. He went to England, then was shipped to New York and from there went to Camp Breckinridge, Ky. A month later he joined the workforce at Camp Austin, as the POW barracks was called, and worked there for 18 months. Reitner recalled that they first slept in three-man tents, and then they moved to ones able to accommodate twice that many people. They had small stoves, and plenty of coal for heat, and he remembered whiling away spare time playing cards, reading or playing soccer, for which there was a camp tournament.”