Five Years Behind Hitler's Barbed Wire: A Diary of French Officers in a German Prison Camp, 1940-1945

Five Years Behind Hitler's Barbed Wire: A Diary of French Officers in a German Prison Camp, 1940-1945

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ISBN-13: 9780786499809
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 10/09/2015
Pages: 268
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

The late Henri Natter was taken prisoner in at La Bourgonce in Alsace on June 22, 1940. During captivity, he encouraged his comrades to write about their experiences so he could publish a documentation of camp life upon his return. He returned to France on May 11, 1945, as did most of his fellow officers. He died in 1981. The late Adam Réfrégier was taken prisoner at La Bourgonne in Alsace on June 22, 1940. Born in 1892, as a World War I veteran he was repatriated to France on August 13, 1941. Jacqueline Vautrain Collins retired after a sixteen-year ministry of the Unitarian Church in Charleston, South Carolina. Her article on “the Grand Escape” was published in the World War II History Magazine. She lives in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Foreword by John B. Romeiser 1

Preface by Jacqueline Vautrain Collins 5

1. Called to Serve Their Country (1 September 1939–17 June 1940) 13

2. Capture (17 June–1 July 1940) 18

3. Betrayal and Humiliation (22 June–3 July 1940) 25

4. Defiance (4–20 July 1940) 36

5.  Settling In (21 July–15 November 1940) 47

6. Eight Months in Nuremberg (September 1940–May 1941) 65

7. Creating a Town Behind Barbed Wire (16 November 1940–20 May 1941) 76

8. La Semaine de France (the French Week) (25 May–September 1941) 100

9. Barbed Wire Blues (October 1941–May 1942) 118

10. Reaching ­Mid-Point (June–December 1942) 138

11. The Great Adventure (January–14 October 1943) 150

12. Wait: The Leitmotiv of the Prisoner (Late October, 1943–15 April 1945) 169

13. Trekking Eighty Miles to Freedom (16 April–11 May/19 June 1945) 191

Epilogue by Jacqueline Vautrain Collins 219

Background 231

Chapter Notes 241

Bibliography 250

Index 253

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Using journals kept by the French POWs in prison camp OFLG17A as the basis for this story, Ms. Collins has written an interesting, well-researched history of the five years before the end of World War II.