The Best of The Best of KIT 1991
From January thru December,1991The KIT Newsletter, an Activity of the KIT Information Service, aProject of The Peregrine Foundation
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George Maendel, October 17, 1990: Dear KIT: I was seven years old in the summer of 1956 when the so- called
children's clearing house
was in operation (I'd never heardthis event named before reading about it in KIT). We who were spied upon andreported to be engaging in various proscribed activities, such as watching each other pee or daring to take off our shorts under the covers when we went to bed at night,were isolated from the rest of the children for months, and taken from our normalfamilies. My own family was systematically dismembered, which included sendingmy parents to Woodcrest and placing the rest of us either in the basement detentioncenter or with other families. Two of my brothers were also sent to Woodcrest, andMom had the youngest child with her as well. I remember enduring interrogationsessions during which I could only cry and sob. All my normal relationships weresuspended as I was kept isolated from the rest of my family and the extended familyof which I was a part in the colony. The questioning ended without any sort of resolution, and I was kept isolated from most other members of the group. There wereother boys in the basement, but we were not allowed any unsupervised interaction.Later we were allowed to sleep at "home," such as it was, and during the days we usedto pack tons of textbooks for shipment to somewhere. It was a very somber andserious time, and we felt like penitent miscreants.As I see it, my family never recovered fully from this experiences. I do not knowhow our "crimes" were presented by "them" to our parents, but it was in such manner as made my parents agree that we be separated from them to live in the large basement
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