In the entire letter, I think his strangest complaint was his claim that his men were forced to run naked down a corridor to reach the bathroom. Wrote Wattenberg:
I think he inserted his own fantasy here. That’s cool. I’m gay. Still, ‘feasted their eyes on them.’ Who is feasting their eyes on whom here? It seems a rather strange thing to write a letter to the Swiss about.
One final complaint is almost funny, nor did the distinguished Kommandant of U-162 see it for himself.
While in captivity, Wattenberg was promoted to Kapitan zur See – the last two words meaning “deck officer” or an officer qualified to take command of a warship at sea – a very important distinction in the German Navy then and now. He was repatriated to Germany after the war and became the manager of the St. Pauli Brewery in Lübeck where he was able to feast his eyes on whomever he wished.