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Alien enemies-misc., military police-personnel, training, camp structure, camp closure, alien enemy-employment, alien enemies-Hawaiian
(1941-1944)

Alien enemies-misc., military police-personnel, training, camp structure, camp closure, alien enemy-employment, alien enemies-Hawaiian 1941-1944,   pp. [1]-[51]


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Such restriction is not applied to correspondence addressed to American
or British prisoners of war in Germany.
"7. Since prisoner of war letters as well as those for detained or interned
civilians are subject to censorship, it is suggested that they deal only with
purely personal matters.
"(These instructions apply only to international mails.)"
In section 71, PARCELS, substitute for the present par. (b):
"(b) Prisoners of war and detained or interned civilian parcels.-1. Parcel-
post packages addressed to specific individual prisoners of war, detained
or interned civilians, either directly or through the intermediary of author-
ized information offices, shall be exempt frdm all postal charges, both in
the countries of origin and destination and in the intermediary countries.
Such parcels shall not be subject to special services and fees, such as regis-
tration or insurance. The usual customs declaration shall be furnished in
order to show the contents of the-package. The sender should fill out the
blanks on the reverse side of the customs declaration form as to alternative
disposition of the parcel in case it cannot be delivered to the addressee;
that is, whether the parcel may be delivered to another prisoner (detained
civilian or interned civilian), be abandoned, or be returned to the sender
who guarantees return charges. . .  Parcels for prisoners of war (or for
interned civilians) are acceptable even though regular parcel-post service
with the country of destination may be suspended. If the mailer desires,
certificates of mailing may be given in the usual way and at the usual
charge.
"2. In general the address of parcels for prisoners of war should contain
the name and rank of the prisoner, his number, and the designation of the
camp and country. In case of a parcel for a prisoner of war in Canada,
the address should contain the name, his identification number, and the
internment camp (for example, 'Internment Camp A,' 'Internment Camp
B,' etc.), and be addressed 'Base Poqt ()ffi,          f)-* .  ..F  Cl.1 1'-
" Reprint of notice which appeared IN THE POSTAL BULLETIN OF MAY 6, 1042"
INSTRUCTIONS OF SECOND ASSISTANT POSTMASTER GENERAL
MAILS AND PARCELS FOR PRISONERS OF WAR AND FOR DETAINED OR INTERNED CIVILIANS
Existing instructions on the sending of regular mail articles and parcels
to prisoners of war free of postage (those relating to regular correspondence
in section 32 and those relating to parcels in section 71 of Part II of the
Postal Guide), are changed and supplemented so as to extend the privilege
of free postage to civilians detained or interned by the civil or military
authorities (unless held on criminal charges), whether detained in the
United States or other belligerent countries, to be effective during the
continuance of the present war or until otherwise ordered, such privileges
however not to apply to members of the former official missions of enemy
belligerent countries awaiting repatriation or to persons whose residence,
for reasons of national security, is merely changed from one section of the
country to another. (It is understood that there are no detained civilians
as contemplated except in the United States, those in other countries being
classed as interned civilians. While service is not now available for carrying
parcels to prisoners in Japan and Japanese controlled countries, it is re-
ported practicable to send letters to such prisoners in the manner herein-
after indicated.) Accordingly, sections 32 and 71 of Part II of the Postal
Guide are changed as follows:
In section 32, CORRESPONDENCE, substitute for the present par. (g):
"(g) Prisoners of war and detained or interned civilian mail.-1. Regular
mail articles addressed to prisoners of war and to detained or interned
civilians or mailed by them are exempt from all postal charges, not only in
the countries of origin and destination, but also in intermediate countries.
The same is true of correspondence concerning prisoners of war or interned
civilians sent or received either directly or as intermediary by the informa-
tion offices which may be established on behalf of such persons in belligerent
countries or in neutral countries which have received belligerents on their
territory. Belligerents received and interned in a neutral country are
assimilated to prisoners of war properly so called, insofar as the application
of the above provisions is concerned. . . Articles free from postage are
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