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Souvenirs de Captivité 17 juin 1940 - 16 aout 1941
Paris: Printed by Draeger Frères for the author, 1943. Limited First edition. Softcover. vg. 1/50. Folio (12 x 9 1/4"). 95, [3]pp. Original printed dust-jacket over blind wrappers. Published in June 1943 in occupied France, this illustrated diary depicts not without a good sense of humor various episodes of the author's captivity in a German prisoner-of-war camp from June 1940 to August 1941. Jean Dugrenot was captured in the later stages of the Battle of France, on June 17, 1940. He was first interned in Nuremberg, then Munster. Some of the author's drawings featured in this work depict French prisoners of war in the shower, in the restrooms, exercising outside their barracks, studying, eating their meager meals, etc.. In 1941, Jean Dugrenot was fortunate enough to be part of an early limited repatriation of certain classes of POWs, which started to occur in the Fall of 1940. Indeed, the Vichy French government was keen to encourage the return of prisoners, even launching the unpopular 'relève' system in order to exchange prisoners of war for French laborers going to work in Germany. Nevertheless, many prisoners remained in German captivity until the defeat of Germany in 1945. One of 50 copies on Vélin de Rives, of which this is No. 33. Minor offsetting at lower margin of dust-jacket. Text and captions in French. DJ in overall good+ to very good, wrappers and interior in very good condition.
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