Jump to content

YMCA wartime logs & POW diaries


Recommended Posts

  • 1 year later...
KASTAUFFER

That is a beautiful Wartime Log you posted. It's very unusual to see the Germans actually applied a censor (Gepruft) mark to many of the pages. I have 15 of these Wartime Log diaries in my collection and none of them have German censor marks on any of the pages. All of the logs I have are from Americans.

 

What kind of a project are you working on?

 

Kurt

Link to post
Share on other sites
StaceysPOWProject

I thought that was very interesting too, especially in terms of the little things like the handcuffs displayed in tandem with the Dieppe Raid knife which to me holds strong implications of the retaliation cuffing the prisoners suffered - yet it has still been approved.

 

I am working on a PhD focusing on camp life, with a specific interest in objects. I have two case study chapters which focus, in turn, on these journals, and camp radios. Finding the posts about journals here has been very interesting.

 

I'm actually just preparing a conference paper regarding symbolism in the camps and there's some fantastic stuff in this thread, and forum.

 

This is another log I'm currently working from

 

http://issuu.com/sforl/docs/vern_turner_journal_finalfor_museum

Link to post
Share on other sites
AAF_Collection

I thought that was very interesting too, especially in terms of the little things like the handcuffs displayed in tandem with the Dieppe Raid knife which to me holds strong implications of the retaliation cuffing the prisoners suffered - yet it has still been approved.

 

I am working on a PhD focusing on camp life, with a specific interest in objects. I have two case study chapters which focus, in turn, on these journals, and camp radios. Finding the posts about journals here has been very interesting.

 

I'm actually just preparing a conference paper regarding symbolism in the camps and there's some fantastic stuff in this thread, and forum.

 

This is another log I'm currently working from

 

http://issuu.com/sforl/docs/vern_turner_journal_finalfor_museum

You may already be aware of it, but the book "A Wartime Log: A Remembrance from Home through the American YMCA" by Art and Lee Beltrone is a must have for anyone interested in this subject, it also shows a few examples of POW made wings.

 

Matt.

Link to post
Share on other sites
KASTAUFFER

I thought that was very interesting too, especially in terms of the little things like the handcuffs displayed in tandem with the Dieppe Raid knife which to me holds strong implications of the retaliation cuffing the prisoners suffered - yet it has still been approved.

 

I am working on a PhD focusing on camp life, with a specific interest in objects. I have two case study chapters which focus, in turn, on these journals, and camp radios. Finding the posts about journals here has been very interesting.

 

I'm actually just preparing a conference paper regarding symbolism in the camps and there's some fantastic stuff in this thread, and forum.

 

This is another log I'm currently working from

 

http://issuu.com/sforl/docs/vern_turner_journal_finalfor_museum

That is a fantastic Canadian log. It is one of the nicest I have ever seen.

 

If you haven't been through all the threads in the POW section yet, here are a few more with logbooks in them:

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/93319-wwii-ploesti-veteran-and-pow-harry-korger/

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/200445-first-over-germany-306th-bg-pow-and-evader/

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/32340-merry-christmas-from-a-german-pow-camp-wartime-log-diary-entries/

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/137567-huge-wwii-pow-grouping-survivor-of-battle-of-st-lo-july-1944/

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/217792-wwii-ymca-wartime-log-diary-infantry-pow-in-stalag-luft-3/

 

I have other logs that I have not posted yet. There are also quite a few other POW threads that might interest you for you research. Here is one related to POW ID cards:

 

http://www.usmilitariaforum.com/forums/index.php?/topic/179566-wwii-pow-stalag-id-cards-issued-to-americans-collection/

 

I think the work you are doing is a great benefit in helping keep the memory of these men alive.

 

Kurt

Link to post
Share on other sites
StaceysPOWProject

You may already be aware of it, but the book "A Wartime Log: A Remembrance from Home through the American YMCA" by Art and Lee Beltrone is a must have for anyone interested in this subject, it also shows a few examples of POW made wings.

 

Matt.

 

Thank you Matt,

 

I have indeed come across this book, but sadly the postage is absolutely ridiculous to get it to where I'm based! It looks to have some interesting aspects, but as I'm largely looking at the full diaries it's beneficial for me to have copies of the full originals. This allows me to consider the text, images, appearance, materials used and other aspects.

 

 

Those threads are fantastic, Kurt. I've been looking through the forums, but any diaries are always appreciated. I'm actually off to speak at a conference about the symbolism shown in the diaries tomorrow, so this may give me some extra images to display.

 

Thank you for your help.

 

Stacey.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 1 month later...

There are complete copies of POW YMCA Wartime Logs located on the Internet Achieve from Norman Routledge (Royal Artillery) WW II, a POW at Stalag 344E. They are in several formats to include PDFs : https://archieve.org/details/NormanRoutledgeRoyalArtilleryWW2PrisonerOfWarScrapbookStalag334E

 

There are also several other POW documents, books, and even movies.

 

Bryan

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 8 months later...

I have been getting behind on posting some of the diaries I have. Here are the ones I have found since I posted the last one. I will be posting the more interesting ones as I have time.

image.jpg

Link to post
Share on other sites

I have been getting behind on posting some of the diaries I have. Here are the ones I have found since I posted the last one. I will be posting the more interesting ones as I have time.

Nice tease Kurt! : (

Link to post
Share on other sites

Here is a little POW diary group I bought at the SOS. Ollie was a Radio Operator with the 93rd BG, 9th AAF. He was a crew member of “The Duchess”/“Evelyn” (A) lost on mission over Germany on Feb. 25,1944 mission to Furth Germany. Mechanical troubles caused them to fall back out of the formation where they were jumped by fighters. He was captured and sent first to Stalag Luft 6. Luft 6 closed early in the war and most of the men were sent to Luft 4. He eventually ended up at Moosberg at Stalag 7A where he was liberated.

 

These diaries cover Feb - May 1945. He wrote VERY tiny in pencil and much of it is hard to read. I took pictured of selected pages.

 

Unfortunately Ollie passed away in 1956.

 

 

 

01452729506638453914bb3fe59cf004915f9790d2.jpg+

+

01b400d0f970a029caaa312d9c6e086b193f5a4eef1.jpg

 

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.