Why a prisoner of war doesn’t appear in your archives ?
Filae digitized and indexed 2 sources about prisoners
of war :
- French soldiers prisoners 14-18 : The
german authorities decide to use the Ardennes Gazette, for propaganda
purposes : it’s to knock out the french public opinion by the masse of
captives, but also to give a respectable image by treating her prisoners
well. From spring 1915, the Gazette published list of french prisoner, whose
publication date often differs by several month from the date of
captivity. From 1916, those lists included prisoners from the Bulgarian
and Austrian fronts, those from the Dardanelles battle, repatriations for
health reasons, prisoner exchnages and transfers to Switzerland.
- French soldiers prisoners 39-45 : At the request of the
French authorities, to informe families about the fate of their captive
parent, the Reich authorities
transmit the information allowing to publish offiicial lists of prisoners.
There will be 100 published between august 1940 and june 1941. The
official list of war prisoners published by the National Center of Information
about the war prisoners.
We are at war and the information travel with
difficulties, which leads to oversight. Prisoners might not be present in those
You may find information in the following archives :
Don’t forget the military registers might give you
some information. They are generally not digitized after 1921 and must be
consulted in the departmental archives
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