German POW Camp records for WWI

Where do I get prisoner of war records?

Records of prisoners of war (POWs) were compiled by each country and are now held centrally by the Archives Division and Research Service of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Switzerland. Because of their personal nature, these records are not available to the general public.

How do I find German war records?

The National Archives and Records Administration in the United States has a collection of records for the German military. See Record Group 242, titled “Collection of Foreign Records Seized” for more details. Additionally, prisoner of war records of German servicemen also can be located at the National Archives.

What happened to German prisoners of war in ww1?

Prisoner exchanges, internment in neutral countries, and repatriation. In all, 219,000 prisoners were exchanged. During the war, some prisoners were sent to neutral Switzerland on grounds of ill health. Internment conditions were very strict in Switzerland but softened with time.

What was the most famous POW camp?

The most famous POW breakout is the ‘Great Escape’ in March 1944 from Stalag Luft III, a camp which held Allied aircrew. Plans for a mass escape from the camp began in April 1943, headed by Squadron Leader Roger Bushell.

Where is Stalag 111?

The camp was established in March 1942 near the town of Sagan, Lower Silesia, in what was then Germany (now Żagań, Poland), 160 kilometres (100 miles) south-east of Berlin.

Stalag Luft III
Controlled by Nazi Germany
Site history
In use March 1942 – January 1945
Battles/wars World War II

What happened to German prisoners of war after ww2?

After World War II, German prisoners were taken back to Europe as part of a reparations agreement. They were forced into harsh labor camps. Many prisoners did make it home in 18 to 24 months, Lazarus said. But Russian camps were among the most brutal, and some of their German POWs didn’t return home until 1953.

Is there a list of SS soldiers?

Oberst-Gruppenführer (colonel general)

Name Position Joined SS
Sepp Dietrich Original commander of the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler (LSSAH) and later commander of the 6th SS Panzer Army 5 May 1928
Paul Hausser Commander of the II SS Panzer Corps February 1934
Franz Xaver Schwarz NSDAP Treasurer 16 September 1931

What is a German soldier called?

The German term “Wehrmacht” stems from the compound word of German: wehren, “to defend” and Macht, “power, force”. It has been used to describe any nation’s armed forces; for example, Britische Wehrmacht meaning “British Armed Forces”.

Related Post