SOME OF THE PRISONERS HELD AT
Meltzer as a POW at Island Farm
Special Camp 11
Generalleutnant Rudolph Meltzer
PW NO: A938956
DATE: 2nd May 45
13 June 1888
PLACE OF BIRTH: Fuerstenwalde a.d. Spree
PLACE OF DEATH:
OCCUPATION: Reg Soldier
HAIR COLOUR: Blonde
EYE COLOUR: Grey
NEXT OF KIN: Irmgard Meltzer, Klinken
bei Oldersloe b Luebeck, (British Zone)
Commands & Assignments
- Seekadett: 1 April
- Transferred to Reserve:
1 April 1909
- Fahnenjunker: 10
- Leutnant (Telegraphen-Bataillon
Nr.2): 16 November 1910
1 October 1935
- Oberst: 1 March
- Generalmajor: 1
1 March 1945
- 5 July 1938: Commander,
Signal Troops, Border Command Kaiserslautern.
- 1 September 1939:
Commander, Signals Regiment 413.
- 16 September 1939:
Signals Leader, XXIV Army Corps.
- 24 October 1939:
Commander, Signals Regiment 511.
- 1 May 1940: SignalsLeader,
Border Sector South and commander of Field Signals Kdtr. 2.
- 1 June 1940: Signals
Leader, General Government (Poland).
- 1 September 1940:
Signal Leaders, Westbefest.
- 15 January 1941-23
June 1941: Signal Leaders, Armed Forces Commander Bohemia and Moravia.
- 1 July 1941: Signals
Leader, Verf. St. Wien.
- 1 August 1941: Signals
Leader, Armed Forces Commander Ukraine.
- 1 November 1943:
Signals Leader, Military Commander Italy.
- 5 December 1944:
Signals Leader, Army Group F.
- 19 January 1945:
Signals Leader, Army Group Weichsal [Vistula ].
- 2nd May 1945 - May
1948 British Prisoner of War
- 9th January
1946 transferred to Island Farm Special Camp 11 from Camp 1
- 12th May 1948
transferred to Camp 186 for repatriation
& Awards (included):
Cross in Silver: 13 April 1943, Generalmajor, Senior Wehrmacht Communications
Iron Cross, 1st Class (1914)
Iron Cross, 2nd Class (1914)
Merit Cross, 1st Class with Swords
Merit Cross, 2nd Class with Swords
Princely Hohenzollern Honor Cross, 3rd Class with Swords
Honor Cross, 3rd Class with Swords
of Honor for Combatants 1914-1918
Forces Long Service Award, 1st Class (25-year Service Cross)
Forces Long Service Award, 3rd Class (12-year Service Medal)
DEEPLY RELIGOUS CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN MELTZER AND Mr Hibbert (believed
to have some connection with the church)
Dr Mr Hibbert, May I acknowledge the receipt of your very kind letter
from April 8th with many thanks. We are very glad to hear that you and
intend to visit us on April 15th at 4:00pm and we hope so much that you
will get the permission.
On the other hand we regret especially that Mr Kingston can't be
with you and are hopeful waiting that he will come again soon.
I think all generals who are interested in the matter and able
to understand English will take part in the meeting.
We enjoy your intention
to keep contact with us for the
purpose of speaking about the very important subject of Christianity.
We should be very glad if Mr Wells would come with you
so far as he can arrange it and get permission.
Excuse me if I drawn
your attention to the order of the Commandant
that everyone visiting this camp is bound to present himself to the
adjutant at first.
May I assure you
once more of our great pleasure to see you
again and ask to convey our kindest regards to all brethren we
know especially to Mr Kingston, Jones and Wells.
With kindest regards
and in Christian communion, believe me, dear Mr Hibbert.
R Meltzer April
Dear Mr Hibbert,
You asked me to tell
about spiritual thinks.
If I should do that somewhat com-
pletely then I would have to write
very many letters or even a book.
So I will try to
point our some
We find the foundation stone in
Matth 22v 37-40. This leads us to the
If mankind had followed those
then it would have been very good
for the world...
That however wasn't
possible on account of the fall of man
But just therefore
the ten command-
ments had to be given.
In the old testament
how mankind failed in the ten com-
mandments in course of the centuries.
showing us the fate of mankind by
means of the up and down and the
run over hill and dale of the elect
people in course of history the whole
old testament is a report of a peo-
ple's unsuccessful struggle against
the evil and the over and over again
repeatedt ? of God to make
mankind doing his will and ? his ways.
He sent his prophets and preachers
He tried it on with love and with
chastisement. But few people compar-
ratively speaking could succeed
as Abraham, Moses...?
for instance as many
and other previous man whereas the
overwhelming majority remained
remember all the attempts of
? and ?...
Even men with the best will and spirit
couldn't realise the deep sense of the
ten commandments and above all of
the first. The law was as to man-
kind's perception, dead without
spirit and love!
So God took pity on people and
has sent his son.
May I finish now
for to day
and allow me to continue by
the next letter. In this I might
speak some words about the first
commandment and then come to
some keystones of the new testa-
ments, later on perhaps about
I beg to thank you
for all your kindness and assis-
tance you give us by mind, word or deed.
Believe me, dear
Dear Mr Hibbert
May I continue my last letter
from 3rd September.
The first commandment
is the foun-
dation stone of all other command-
ments. It is the base the fundamen
tal thought of all our religion and
faith and confession.
If fulfilling this
mandment never we coudl offend
against any other commandment.
But mankind has now many
idols, hobbies, faults and so on as
well self love, ambition, inordinate
desire for ? as lack of modesty
leading to the violation of the
other commandments for instance
of the third or of the tenth or
even the fifith.
were to be some
in ancient times men who tried consciously
and good to fulfil
ments as I told in my last letter but
never they would become justified firstly
since nobody can generally do jus-
tice completely secondly there was mis-
sing the leading motive the key note the
thought of love which is at the bottom
of each single commandment and
which we find in ???.
The though of love
of one's neigh=
bour was dead and the thought
of self love triumphed and by
that the first commandment was
despised look at ???
where is lead to if God is be-
trayed that we learnt in all times
former and now especially we
in Germany when the Christian
faith was persecuted.
Ins spite of all that God sent
his son he sent him not only but
he sacrificed him for mankind
and all people repenting their sins
and believing in
Christ trying to
follow him take part in his re-dempt
ion. What that means is nearly
unimaginable it is the content of
the whole new testament.
But now the first
is still more important for Christ
and the father are one and the
son teaches us which spirit ??
to the commandments as we read
in Matthew 22/39 in relation to ???
This love shall show
new life to
the ?? to our whole faith, the
love gives the warmth and the
light which grants the life to our
faith as we read in ???
And now we are at
motive of the new testament. Each
chapter of the new testament breathes
the spirit of love.
Let's remember the
of the new testament which deal
with love. First of all we find the
the main principle of love of one's
neighbour in Matth 5/44 but which
the neighbour in we see Luk 10/37.
This request to fulful
Saviour. Therefore the ?? sings
the high song of love in ?
May I finish now
and continue next time.
It's difficult to
ideas and thoughts touching the
bottom of the heart in a foreign
language. But I hope you will
excuse me if I dont succeed
in choosing the right words and
Finally we speak
the same language the language
Believeme, dear Mr
in Christian communion
Your very sincerely
31st December 1947
Dear Mr Hibbert,
At the New Year's end I
think of you and the other
brethren in greatest gratitude.
Allow me to thank you on
behalf of my comrades as
well from my heart of hears
for all your kindness, good
will and love you have been
Many a member of our camp
will, looking back at the by-
done year, remember all the
spirituaal and material gifts
which your and the brethren
bestowed upon us and highly
appreciate your loving care
and fraternity. We think of
all the blessed hours spent with
you so thankfully and be
assured that I include you
and the brethren in my sincere
Now may I wish you from
my deep feeling heart for you,
your family, all the brethren
and your people a very blessed
and merciful New Year. May
God be with you further on
and bless you for all your
sacrifices and Christian love.
Remember me kindly to Mrs
Believe me, dear Mr Hibbert
Yours very sincerely and
thankfully in Christ
to see photos of Generalleutnant Rudolf Meltzer in the company of fellow prisoners
of war at Island Farm.
to see other local pictures of Rudolph Meltzer whilst a POW.
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