The Pope's Representative in South Vietnam, monsignor Henri Le Maitre, visited a prisoner of war camp near Saigon on Tuesday (December 21) with Christmas presents for the immates.
SV Monsignor Maitre with S.Vietnamese officers through camp (2 shots)
SV Prisoners applaud
SV Military police
GVs Prisoners lined up & CUs (4 shots)
SV Delegate hands out presents (3 shots)
SV Prisoners give present to delegate
GV Prisoners applaud
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Background: The Pope's Representative in South Vietnam, monsignor Henri Le Maitre, visited a prisoner of war camp near Saigon on Tuesday (December 21) with Christmas presents for the immates. He presented them some stereo sound equipment, sports items and welfare packages, and in return they gave him a small table made in the prison workshop. From the camp, at Bien Hoa, comes this film of Christmas spirit.
SYNOPSIS: Christmas spirit in South Vietnam....the Pope's representative there, Monsignor Henri Le Maitre, visits a communist prisoner-of-war camp near Saigon, the country's capital. He was there to give presents to the immates, the addressed them in French. Few of the prisoners understood his message but they applauded him warmly anyway.
The Monsignor gave them some stares sound equipment, sports items, and welfare packages....a welcome relief from the normally austere existence of a prisoner-of-war camp. This one, at Bien Hoa, houses about two-thousand-eight-hundred prisoners -- eight hundred North Vietnamese, and the rest Vietcong. Those who denounce communism and prays their rehabilitation are released, but others remain until the end of the year.
And after the hand-out, the immates she their own spirit of Christmas....they greet Monsignor Le Maitre a small table mad in the prison workshop. It was a ceremony for removed from the theatre of war.