Created by ministerial decision of October 30, 1940, the SUPERVISED STAY CENTER OF ST-PAUL-D' EYJEAUX accepted, as of November, a part of the internees from the Camp of ST-GERMAIN-LES-BELLES (Haute-Vienne). It dealed with French and foreign "undesirables", mainly Communists, and begun again justice foreigners declared doubtful.

The camp consisted of huts built in a wetland and was surrounded of a double line of barbed wires and was supervised by watchtowers equipped with automatic weapons.

In January 1941, the population of the camp was approximately 600 people then manpower varied from 250 to 650 prisoners.

In March 1941, 155 internees of ST-PAUL-D' EYJEAUX will be joined by 90 others from the camp of NEXON, then by about 20 others from the camp of ST-GERMAIN-LES-BELLES and conveyed by train to PORT-VENDRES from where a boat will take them along towards the camps of North Africa.

After the occupation of the southern zone by the Germans (11-11-1942), it became frequent that internees are designated to be used as hostages by the occupant.

The living conditions were more precarious in the Camp of ST-PAUL-D' EYJEAUX; the internees suffered from malnutrition and a quasi total lack of hygiene. The bad season let pass the cold and moisture in the huts and transformed the camp into an immense mud pit.

Released by the F.F.I. June 11, 1944, the Camp will accomodate a little later German prisoners.

Letter from an internee dated 17-11-1941.

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