Stalag scrapbook returned, 64 years later, to POW’s family

Published on May 24th, 2009 | by Admin


When British Prisoner of war George Gidney thought he was on his deathbed due to the forced-marches of the Germans, he handed a scrapbook he had made while he was in the POW camps to a friend to return to his family. 64 year later it has finally been delivered.

The journal, preserved in a makeshift cotton case, also contains many humorous, caricatures that document the horrendous conditions in Stalag VIII-B, the vast prison camp on the Polish-German border that held about 100,000 Allied troops.

The 150 pages are filled with sketches of prisoners, copied photographs, watercolour paintings using paints from aid packages, and hopeful excerpts of Churchill’s speeches.

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