From prisoners on parole, L4 Croix, Paris Catholic daily, now published in Limoges, has learned much about life in the prison camps.
A priest-prisoner, a lieutenant, obtained permission from the German commander of one camp to go about the neighbourhood in a truck to secure what food he could for the prisoners. Accompanied by a well-known cyclist and a merchant from Brest, he secured chocolate, jam, toilet articles and reading matter for his fellowprisoners. Those who had money contributed the necessary funds, but the priest saw to it that less fortunate prisoners were not neglected.
Among the prisoners at this particular camp were 82 priests and 34 seminarians, With the permission of the authorities, religious services were organised. Soon each group of prisoners had its pastor and chapel. Daily 82 Masses were said and attended by hundreds of .prisoners.
A skilful prisoner drew a large image of Christ which was placed above one of the altars and " seemed to bless the thousands of men who knelt before it and united their sufferings with His for the greater good of their country."