FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL
There was a multinational school close to Camp King called Frankfurt International school. Classes were taught in English. The student body was made up of students from around the world. Most Americans that attended the school were not part of the United States Armed Forces, their parents worked for international companies. We referred to these people as FISers.
PICTURE OF FIS CAMPUS (COURTESY FIS WEBSITE)
FISers participated in many of our activities such as scouting and sports. Many friendships were made between Camp Kingers and FISers as we shared a common bond of living in a foreign country.
As FIS'ers were not only American, we were also given the opportunity to discover other cultures.
Occasionally, we would use FIS facilities for our leisure activities. We would use their Gym and baseball fields as well as their auditorium.
The German Government also catered to FIS'ers by providing Services. For example, there was an American priest, Father Ernest Beck, who ran his own parish, St. Mary's, which was sponsored by the German Government. Masses were said in English. (An interesting personal note: Father Beck was initially a Lutheran Minister who wanted to become a Catholic Priest. He, therefore, went to the Pope to seek permission, as he was already married. He was allowed to become a priest as long as he could find a diocese that would accept him. He was accepted and became the only married priest I have ever met. He was also a civilian contract priest for the US Army)
Father Beck giving First Holy Communion (I am in the background on right)
It is believed that after Camp King was shut down, the Boy Scout troop was moved to FIS.
Although not an Armed Forces sponsored School, FIS became an important part of the Camp King community.
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