Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on August 21, 1963 · Page 16
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 16

Alton, Illinois
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Wednesday, August 21, 1963
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AUGUST 21, 1963 ALTON J3VEN1M WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 81,1963 Fled Nazis; Now Guards Them Ity JOHtt 0. HOEHLER BERLIN (AP) - Jail 13oo; Oftte r«H for IHs Hfe because f h Nttfcis Wanted to beat him t> death, Today he works in Spa dali War Crimes Prison, looking after the comfort of the las thfee top Nazis still behind bars Boon, a Dutchman, is a male MUfse. His patients are Rudol Hess, Baldur von Schirach and Albert Speer. Hess, 69, was deputy fuehre Of the Nazi party and is serving a life term, Von Schirach, 56 former Reich youth leader, am Speer, 58, ex-minister for muni tion and armament, both serve 20 year sentences. Boon, who comes from Schiedam near Rotterdam, sees the prisoners every day but he is no permitted to discuss their daily routine, their behavior or thing else that goes on behind the 15-foot-high walls of the ancient prison. "I am sworn to secrecy," he said somewhat regretfully i n an interview. Boon often talks at great length with the three Nazis. "When they come to me with ailments, they sit and talk. They tell me of their problems and their troubles. "I suppose I know more about them than the prison officials know and I wish sometimes I could talk aboutit," said the 51- year-old Dutchman. Boon spends an average of eight hours a day at the prison. "But I am always on call. If I visit some friends, I always have to make sure I am near a telephone. Does he get called to the prison at night? "Sure," said Bonn, "if one of them has a bellyache I have to go in." Besides taking care of the Nazis' minor aches and pains, Boon also cuts their hair. Brought to Berlin Boon was brought to Berlin as a slave laborer in 1940 after the Nazis overran The Netherlands. In 1942 he met his wife, Anni, whose first husband had been executed by the Nazis a year before for political crimes. "Because I was a foreigner, the Germans gave us a hard time. "That was a terrible time ... the worst time of rny life," Boon recalls. , The Dutchman told how once he neglected to salute the Nazi flags of a column of Hitler youths marching through a . B e r 1 i n street. "I just didn't pay any attention and suddenly I heard yells like 'Beat him to death' and when I looked around a mob of people were running after me. 'I ran for mv life into an S- Bahn (elevated railway) station and managed to jump on a Irain which was just pulling out anr that saved me," Boon said. Thi was in 1943. Even now. 20 years later, tearful excitement crop into the man's voice as he told the story. When the war ended, Boon was working in a Berlin hospital as a surgery assistant. He had been a fireman in The Netherlands and had some first aid training. Be cause of (ho shortage of doctors in war-time Germany, Boon was trained to administer anesthetics. "I did 2,000 of them and never had an accident," he sair proudly. He was to have been repatriated to his homeland but he elected to slay in war-ravaged Berlin. There was a shortage of trained personnel but a doctor begged TIG to stay. And I couldn't leave he sick who needed help." No Germans Work There The first of the top war criminals were brought to Spandau in .946 and the Allies asked Boon to vork in the prison. Regulations prohibit any German from work- ng in the huge, red brick build- in 1956, Bonn quit his job at he prison and bought a small obacco and liquor store in Span- dau. "I liked this but after two 'ears the Allies came to me and sked me to come back. I was lattered and accepted. My wife s running the store alone now." The big four powers—The United States, Britain, the Soviet Unon and France — take monthly urns in guarding the prison. "Working for four bosses can e difficult and you really have o be a diplomat to get along. "The most important rule I ave made for myself is never to iscuss politics with the guards f the various nations because if ou do there is sure to be trou- bles." Boon remarked. He explained that the treat ment of the prisoners varies wit whichever nation is guardini them. "It seems to me that the var ious nations treat the prisoner exactly the way they would trea prisoners in their own country, 1 Boon said. "The treatment i never bad but it is different." Doctors taking care of the prls oners change with the guards. I there any difference in treatmen by the doctors of the four na tions? "Please do not mlsunder stand me, but I can not talk about that." How does Boon reel nursing th men who were responsible for his ill treatment during World War II? Does he carry a grudge against them? Does he hate them? "I am not a man who hates,' Boon says simply. 000 Students Imprison College Principal SERAMPORE—About 600 stu dents of Serampore College de- ained their Principal Rev. Dr William Stewart, in his office for over 5 hours recently, demand ng a cut in tuition fees. The students demonstrated for the irst time in the college compound and a sequel to the trou- sle which started after the res- gnation of Prof. M. N. Biswas, he Rector. VHATEVER YOU DO . , to do your use 101 W. BROADWAV DOWNTOWN ALTON We'd like to add you to our customer list! Which of these helpful publications will answer your savings or loan questions? Just let us know and we'll send the information to you, This is one of many ways we serve our customers, PAID OR COMPOUNDED QUARTERLY 9 Nmmkir *» l A* in* in* *» W mima 'AND LOAN ASSOCIATION Opin I to 4i» Mon«»y Jhru Ttiurtdiy i Frldiy I Io t 649 EAST BROADWAY > ALTON, ILLINOIS Toll Ottlls Accepted 317.466-0543 Uppn «nd CURRENT ANNUAL RATE .„„,.,«.—*i. .*-,***. 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