An article by Hans-Ludwig Grabowski on the Geldscheine Online site discusses a new book on prisoner-of-war camp money. Here's a Google translation.
Bernhard Lübbers / Isabella von Treskow (eds.):
Captivity of War 1914–1919
Collective experience, cultural life, Regensburg reality
402 pages, black and white illustrations,
Format 15.5 cm x 23.2 cm, hardcover,
Regensburg 2019, published by Friedrich Pustet.
Price: 39.95 euros.
After the prisoner of war newspaper "Le Pour et le Contre - Journal des Prisonniers de Regensburg", which was published in Regensburg during the First World War, was acquired for the holdings of the Regensburg State Library, this was the occasion for an extensive academic debate, not just up to then practically unexplored Regensburg camps, but on the subject of the German prisoner-of-war camps of the First World War in general.
As volume 2 in the series of cultural-historical research on captivity and internment in the First World War, the joint work presented here by various authors was published by Dr. phil. Lübbers and the holder of the chair for Romance Philology at the University of Regensburg, Dr. phil. von Treskow, was published.
Captivity became a mass phenomenon during World War I and part of 20th century history. On this occasion and based on the discovery of the prison newspaper of the Regensburg camp, the volume brings together 15 articles on the subject of prisoners of war in general (especially in Germany and with reference to France), on encounters between prisoners of various nations and origins, and on the prisoners' correspondence. The focus ranges from a local to an international perspective. Other neglected specifics such as camp fees, prisoner libraries, sound recordings made with prisoners and cultural camp life with theaters, music and camp newspapers are also discussed.
For the numismatist, the extremely interesting contribution by Prof. Dr. Hubert Emmerig from the University of Vienna on the camp money of the Regensburg prisoner of war camp in the First World War. As an introduction, the author naturally also addresses general questions about prisoner-of-war camp money. Why was there any storage fee at all? How did it come about? What types of camp money were there? Finally, using the example of the until then little known Regensburg prisoner of war camp, its monetary history and its use are documented.
All in all, a successful work well worth reading on a topic that has hitherto been neglected by historians, which also enables numismatists to gain knowledge and to think outside the box.
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