ADMINISTRATION OF THE CONCENTRATION CAMP ĐAKOVO
Circular letter no. 1
Đakovo, December 8, 1941
For the purposes of information and unconditional obedience, the following regulations are being announced to all inmates.1 The regulations are of temporary character, and the final "house rules" and "disciplinary rules" will be composed later, in agreement with the county police in Osijek.
Command of the camp:
The camp is under command of the county police in Osijek, and the commander of the order guard, Dragutin Majer, is named commander.
Administration of the camp:
The camp is for now (until a special camp committee is formed) under administration of the Jewish Community in Osijek. The Jewish Community in Osijek has named Mr. Vlado Grünbaum director of the camp with full powers. He is tasked with undertaking full organization of the camp within 14 days starting today, with help being provided by the Jewish communities of Osijek, Zagreb, and Sarajevo, as well as all inmates. Within those two weeks, Mr. Grünbaum will suggest to the Osijek county police an Administrative Committee of the camp consisting of 11 members. Certain members of the Administrative Committee will also head the following sub-committees:
1./ Supplies sub-committee:
Mr. Julio Sternberg from Osijek, without the members of the committee, to do business as required in Đakovo and Osijek, and his work is for now limited to procurement and transport of food to Đakovo. This sub-committee will eventually consist of 5 members.
2./ Kitchen sub-committee:
FOR THE TIME BEING, ALL BUSINESS OF THIS COMMITTEE IS PERFORMED by Mr. Scheiber from Osijek, and the cook Margita Izrael, also from Osijek. This committee is to be extended to 5 members by adding inmates.
3./ Health committee:
This committee is comprised of Dr. Jurković, Dr. Atijas [both female], and Ms. Reder, as well as Mr. Lederer and Mr. Weiss. The final shape of this committee is 5 members, in addition to Mr. ph. Hecht [a pharmacist], who will send medications from Osijek.
4./ Disciplinary committee:
The Director of the camp will name 5 members of this committee, with a task of drafting the final version of the house rules and rules of discipline. This committee will oversee the implementation of the former, and will simultaneously be appointing the inmates for individual duties. It will [illegible] administer the camp card file and will keep the up-to-date work list as well as daily reports. It will collaborate with the productivization committee.
5./ Internal administration:
This sub-committee will consist of all employees of the administrative offices, which will be taken exclusively from the ranks of the inmates. The administrative offices should be formed within 14 days. Materials are supplied by the Jewish Community Osijek. The scope of this committee includes: correspondence with suppliers, maintaining the card file, the distribution of children, performing all administrative duties, etc. The functioning of the entire camp is predicated upon good work in administrative offices.
6./ Productivization committee:
This sub-committee will be founded by younger inmates, with the task of suggesting to the Command and Administration of the camp ways to fulfill the plan. The plan is to make the inmates more productive, and thus ease the upkeep of the camp.
Other sub-committees will be founded in accordance with need.
As is already known to the inmates, the Administration of the camp wishes to cut costs by placing children between the ages of 2 and 10 with Jewish families in Osijek and other towns. Considering that the number of families who wish to receive children is sufficient, all children will be able to find shelter in those families. We ask all parents to prepare these children for transportation, and the distribution will take place from Friday through Sunday, that is, from the 12th to the 15th of this month. Envoys from individual communities will come to the camp, where they will take the children allocated to them. A list of children given over will be compiled, and the data from this list will be later entered into the card file.
Correspondence of inmates with members [words missing] is allowed through the Jewish Community Osijek. The inmates will receive cards from the camp Administration. Mail to the inmates is addressed to the Jewish Community Osijek, and will be delivered daily. Censorship of mail will be performed by the commander of the concentration camp. We ask that correspondence is limited to strictly family matters and it is, at least for now, limited to only the most necessary. Letters are not allowed at all, only open camp postcards.
Appeal to all inmates: we call on you to unconditionally obey and follow all rules, orders, and advice from the Command and Administration, as well as subcommittees. As long as we appear disciplined and obedient, the camp administration is able to fulfill its already difficult task. If, however, there are instances of disobedience, there may be direst consequences for ALL inmates. That is why we call the old and the young and the old [sic!] to take care about their behavior as well as behavior of their fellow ones. Only thus are we able to secure all needs of inmates. DISCIPLINE AND ORDER ABOVE ALL