Sunday, 4 January 2009

Free access to online Ruhleben POW camp books

Regular readers will know that I have a huge interest in the First World War German civilian prisoner of war camp at Ruhleben, where a great uncle of mine was interned for two years between 1916 and 1918. I run a free to access website at in which I have been trying to identify the names of all those British civilians who were interned at the camp, as well as information on how they came to be interned and what became of them after the war.

Earlier today I received an e-mail from Jim Mackay, an enthusiast on wartime postal history, with whom I have been in contact on a few occasions concerning Ruhleben matters. Jim has discovered that many key books written by internees at the camp, some of them quite rare, are now available to view in digitised formats at Amongst the titles available are John Balfour's "Ruhleben Poems", "To Ruhleben and Back" by Geoffrey Pyke, "The Ruhleben Prison Camp: A Record of Nineteen Months Internment" by Israel Cohen, and more. Simply access the site and type in 'Ruhleben' as a keyword in the search field.

Many thanks indeed to Jim for the tip off.

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