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Y ' NAZIS CAN'T USE HEADS, HE STATES Pfc. Gilbert Plotner Tells of Life of Prison Comp it a Back on the soil of his native land after four months in a German prison camp, Pfc. Gilbert Plotner, of Hagerstown, numbers among the souvenirs of his experience a case of beri-beri and a firm conviction thai the German master minds "don't know how to use their heads." Take the incident of the sack of vegetables, only one of many that Pfc. Plotner has related to friends and relatives in Hagerstown since he arrived home on Saturday for 60-day leave. It seems that Young Plotner, whose skill as a medical aide placed him in charge of the prison camp's "hospital." was given comparatively free run of the camp arid the surrounding countryside during daylight hours. Identified by a Red Cross armband, young Plotner would range the surrounding farms and villages in search of civilians willing to trade a few vegetables foi cigarettes or other articles that the prisoners contributed from their Red Cross boxes. Vegetables, as might be expected, were conspicuous for their absence from prison camp menus. Consequently, most of the fellows, rather than eat the starchy and unpalatable fare offered them, chose to suffer from malnutrition. Plotner, however, figured he would rather nourished and risk an attack of beriberi from excess starch. Although he did eventually contract beri-beri, the local boy was able to maintain his energy and actually gain during his confinement. On this particular day, Plotner ad made an unusually good haul f carrots, cabbages, etc. Aware hat smuggling articles into camp vas strictly forbidden, and that guards occasionally insisted upon earching his person, he put the ood in a sack and slung it care- essly over his back as he entered he gate. As luck would have it, the was feeling peevish and insisted

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  1. The Morning Herald,
  2. 01 Jun 1945, Fri,
  3. Page 10

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