Playbill from Kamp Schoorl re-education camp “Bunter Abend” performance in 1940

This is the playbill from a “Bunter Abend” performance, a comedic dinner party-like show, at a re-education camp in Schoorl, Netherlands, during WWII. My great-grandmother, Helena de Wit, regularly wrote and sent packages to prisoners of war, including Walter Armitage, who was the general manager of this production [see Page 3].

The first letter I have in my possession from Armitage was sent in October of 1940, according to the date he wrote on the letter [the post stamp is dated three years later]. Since this performance was a couple months before that, Aug. 25 to be precise, I would be curious to know if this was how they met — although, I suspect that they knew each other another way, possibly through someone named Ady, whom Walter wrote about often.

I have several letters from Armitage that I would like to share on this blog, but I haven’t had time yet to research international copy right laws and, regardless, I would like permission from his descendants before publishing them. If you are related to Armitage, who was a British civilian prisoner from 1940-1944, or you know someone who is, I hope you will contact me through the comments.

I am also seeking contact with descendants of the following former POWs/internees, and I will make efforts to track down their descendants and obtain permissions before publishing on this blog:

  • Fred Anderson [Signed “Skylark,” sent from Ilag Tost 4, Oflag VIII D
  • George Hamilton [Signed “Scottie,” sent from Ilag Tost 7]
  • S. Churley [Sent from Ilag Tost VIII]
  • C. Hendre [Sent from Ilag Tost 8, Oflag VIII D]

UPDATE: This post was updated May 30, 2013, after cousin Anje helped cleared up some geographical and translation issues. Originally, I thought the camp was located somewhere else, but this post and tags have been updated to reflect that it was located in the Netherlands. As Anje mentions in the comments below, more information on the camp can be found here.

7 comments on “Playbill from Kamp Schoorl re-education camp “Bunter Abend” performance in 1940

  1. Sonntag means “sunday”. This camp was not in Austria but in the Netherlands, in “Schoorl”, a small place at the coast in the province Noord-Holland.

  2. My father was interned at Tost (Ilag VIII) and elsewhere in WW2. I have been researching men from the camps.

    Fred Anderson (b. 1897 in Cardiff) Internee number at Tost 843 was a steward aboard the ship Orama that was sunk near Norway in 1940.
    Stanley Arthur Churly (Churley) also served on the Orama (internee number 884)
    Charles Hendrie served on the Orama (internee number 973)

    George Hamilton was captured in Holland in 1940 and interned at Schrool and later at Tost in Upper Silesia.

    I have several theatre programmes like your one from Schrool, but from Tost. Some of the same people are mentioned in them.

    Walter Armitage born 1884. Arrested in Holland 1940 and interned at Schrool and transferred to Tost in September 1940. Internee number 167. A contact name for him was given as Mme A van der Zijl, The Hague. (Possibly Ady?)

      • Dear Christina, dear Carolyn,
        Les sources des renseignements indiqués par Carolyn ne sont pas précisées. Il aurait peut-être fallu indiquer que les sources sont prises dans les livres “Les oubliés de 39-45 – La rafle des Britanniques” ou dans “Les oubliés de 39 – 45 – Les Britanniques internés à TOST, KREUZBURG, GIROMAGNY et WETERTIMKE” par Frédéric TURNER dont le père, le grand-père et l’oncle furent internés dans les camps cités ci-dessus. S’il s’agit d’autres sources, merci de les indiquer. La correspondante de Walter ARMITAGE habitait à DEN HAAG, Leeuweriklaan 23.
        Frédéric TURNER

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