'Belgian Prisoners in German Captivity'
in Zossen Prisoner-of-War Camp
'Cinq Mois de Captivité' (Five Months in Captivity) is a small Belgian booklet printed in early 1915 describing conditions in the Zossen prisoner-of-war camp near Berlin. Many Belgian soldiers were sent there during their time as prisoner of war in Germany. This book, written by a Belgian was meant to reassure the Belgian public, and especially the family and relatives of Belgian prisoners, that despite their misfortune at being captured, they were at least well-treated and accorded every possible civilized treatment befitting prisoners-of-war.
The book contains a number of photographs and fascimile reproductions of camp newspapers, announcements and 'gala' dinners and does its best to show things in a favorable light. It should be remembered that the bok was published in Brussels under German censorship and could therefore hardly be expected to be overly critical of conditions.
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