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Oflag VIIIB, Nürnberg . 1941 - Coloured ink-drawing, autographs in different coloured pens (Very Good, small tears in margins) 30 x 21 cm (11.8 x 8.2 inches). A stunning document with a humoresque drawing, made in the German prison camp Oflag XIII - B, during WWII by Serbian imprisoned officers. - This unique and unusual drawing with a list of autographs was made in the German prison camp Oflag XIII-B during WWII by imprisoned Serbian officers. The drawing, surrounded by a barbwire and signed by one of the inmates, ?or?e ?urkovi?, shows a prison cell with sleeping inmates, with one of them yelling "Close the doooors!!!" (???????? ???????!!!). The document is signed by 16 inmates, with their names and addresses, most of them in Belgrade. Oflag XIII-B was a German Army World War II prisoner-of-war camp for officers, originally set in the Langwasser district of Nuremberg until April 1943, when it was moved to Hammelburg in Bavaria. Oflag XIII-B, was founded in May 1941, for Yugoslavian officers, predominantly Serbs captured in the Balkans Campaign. By April 1943 the prison cam housed at least at least 3,000 Serbian officers. Many were members of the Yugoslavian General Staff, some of whom had been POWs in Germany during the First World War. In the last months of the war, at the beginning of 1945, American POWs, captured during the Battle of the Bulge and in the North Africa Campaign, were brought to a separate department of Oflag XIII-B. As the conditions for the American POWs were very poor, Serbian prisoners shared their slightly larger rations with them, until the liberation of the camp on April 6, 1945, after two weeks of fierce fights between the Allies and Germans for the camp.
      [Bookseller: Antiquariat Dasa Pahor]
Last Found On: 2017-08-22           Check availability:      ZVAB    


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