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Offizierslager fünf A Weinsberg

Offizierslager fünf A Weinsberg by CHAB, P; N Lunte; V Merlet etc [Wehrmacht] (1940)

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Author: CHAB, P; N Lunte; V Merlet etc [Wehrmacht]
Title: Offizierslager fünf A Weinsberg
Year: 1940
Publisher: Unknown
Place: Weinsberg, Germany
Dust Jacket: No
Signed: No
Price: £300
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[ff] 33. Rare Nazi propaganda album reproducing drawings of a Prisoner of War camp by captured French soldiers at Officers' Camp 5, Weisberg near Heilbronn in Germany. Oblong quarto bound in textured card with ties, small repair to upper cover and in gilt 'Oflag V A Weinsberg 1940'. Stamp of 'Stalag 1A 80' on first leaf where this copy was apparently sent; later ownership signature of a former inmate of one of the POW camps: 'Aspirant Paul Cocq M.le N2 1961 - Bar 3'. Thirty three full page plates printed on high quality coated paper which reproduce drawings and an introductory poem from August 1940. Each image is separated from its neighbour by a thick yellow paper leaf, beginning with the text of 'Ballade de l'Universite libre de Weinsberg' in which the camp is represented as a sort of open-air university in which 'des capitaines' instruct their fellow 'Amis, etudiants prisonniers' in 'Des conjugaisons italiennes,/ De la doctrine cartesienne.' This transparent fiction is dated to August 1940; each of the four verses with an illuminated initial letter. The book continues with images of the remarkably clean-looking camp, huts, cartoon-like images of camp activities including gymnastics and men at study, sunbathing, the canteen before and after, 'Barrack VIII, Zimmer 2', a single watchtower with barbed-wire, portraits of inmates and a church service - several of the most accomplished drawings are by a 'J Merlet'. One institutional copy only located at Stuttgart.
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