"He Goes Before Them ...
EVEN INTO PRISON"
© 1993 by OMS International, Inc.
Printed in the United States of America
© By courtesy: Gordon Helsby
Table of Contents ...
1. ... STORM CLOUDS
2. ... BEGINNINGS
3. ... CHRISTINE'S STORY
4. ... HOUSE ARREST
5. ... WEIHSIEN
6. ... FOOD
7. ... REPATRIATION
8. ... SOLITARY
9. ... ESCAPE
10. ... TRAGEDY
11. ... CHRISTMAS 1944
12. ... ERIC
13. ... LIBERATION
14. ... RETURN TO PEKING
15. ... LESSONS
16. ... THE AFTERYEARS
17. ... TAIWAN, 1956-1978
... OMS INTERNATIONAL
Photos, Sketches & Documents ...
Mr. & Mrs. Helsby's wedding day, Dec.23, 1939
Sandra Kay, 18 months, during house arrest period.
Weihsien Concentration Camp
Typical row of 9 by 12-foot rooms where families lived.
Kitchen No.1 where Meredith worked
Compound wall showing barbed wire and guard towers.
A typical bill from merchant Han.
The total amount is FRB$3,510 equal at the time to US$ 174.84
COMFORT MONEY REGULATIONS
August 8, 1944
We have received the following information from Mr. Egger:-
The exchange negotiations between the Governments concerned are concluded and effective from the 1st of June, 1944, the rates are:-
|£1||= F.R.B.$ 18.9620|
|U.S.$.1.00||= F.R.B.$. 4.2161|
$100 in 1944 → $1,465.74 in 2020
A message has been received from the U.S. State Department which reads as follows:-
"RATE OF EXCHANGE - U.S. State Department will decide at a later date regarding the exchange rate to be applied against relief loans granted to American citizens as from June 1st. Meanwhile, the Swiss Consulate General has been authorized to give the beneficiaries the assurance that a fair and equitable rate to both parties concerned will eventually be fixed."
A reply from the British and Netherlands Governments is still outstanding, but their eventual decision will form the object of a further communication.
"Comfort" money normally will be at the rate of $360.00 per person per month but for the month of June 1944 (payable during August 1944) the amount as explained in paragraph (d) below will be approximately $200 to $250 per person.
A cash allotment for the month of June 1944 has been received by Mr. Egger out of which we have to reimburse him for "Comfort B" expenditure incurred during the period March to 24 July 1944. We are also requested to deduct from this allocation a reserve to meet further supplies to be ordered against "Comfort B". We therefore propose to form a reserve of approximately $30,000.00 for this purpose. The remaining balance is available for British, Canadian, Palestinian, American, Panamanian, Filipino and Dutch nationals as June "Comfort" money. We estimate that this will work out between $200 and $250 per head, but until we know the number of persons who wish to sign for June "Comfort" money we are unable at the moment to indicate the exact amount available per head.
"Comfort" money for Belgian, Norwegian and Greek nationals will be advised at a later date.
"Comfort" money will as usual be credited to the Bank accounts concerned, but in no individual case must the present bank balance plus either the full amount or a proportion of "Comfort" money exceed $ 1,000.00.
News in the "PEKING CHRONICLE" had to be taken with a "grain of salt."
The repatriation ship sails.
GRIPSHOLM SAILS FROM MARMAGAO