… and Stockings for the Ladies

Victory Day Streamers have barely landed and two Canadian airmen are sent into occupied Germany. Caught between the urgent needs of refugees and a military ill-equipped for this new reality the two young men face personal questions of conviction and purpose.

Based on the family letters of Attila Clemann the tells the true story of Ted Aplin and his colleague Stanley Winfield during their stay in post-war Germany. Sent as part of the Allied forces Disarmament Coalition they were stationed in Celle not far from the now infamous Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp. Ted befriended refugees stuck in the camp and against direct Air Force orders did his best to assist them. He developed an ad-hoc mail system through the RCAF to send a receive packages for the refugees. He used RCAF vehicles and supplies to bring orphans out on picnics away from the camp. And he was responsible for numerous family reunions. He was greeted with a heros welcome in Toronto upon his return. He and his secretary Stanley Winfield became long friends after their work overseas and it is largely because of Stanley’s efforts that this story is known now.

Full Script Available

If you are interested in a copy of “… and Stockings for the Ladies”  please e-mail us and we will happily forward you one for $20. This self-published book includes the full script, short biographies of the real people depicted in the play, archival photos from the time, copies of several of the letters used as source material, and a forward by Bergen Belsen historian Mark Celinscak.

… and Stockings for the Ladies