Slept in snow

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Title

Slept in snow

Description

Article: short piece about march after east Prussian prisoner of war camp was evacuated. 11 week journey, sleeping in snow, many died.

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One newspaper cutting

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SValentineJRM1251404v10121

Transcription

Slept in snow

A great many of the prisoners were in that terrible back march across Germany after the East Prussian prisoner-of-war camp was evacuated. They were on the road every day for nine, ten or 11 weeks.

At night they had to lie down in the snow to sleep; by day they were prodded with rifle butts as they trduged [sic] along the road. Many died from cold and starvation.

Their comrades will never forgive the Germans. They showed me their frost-bitten feet and fingers as evidence of their agonies. In the prison hospital

Citation

“Slept in snow,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed February 25, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/22108.

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