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Das PW-Echo. : (Camp Rucker, Ala.) 1945-194?
Alternative Titles:
  • P W Echo
Place of publication:
Camp Rucker, Ala.
Geographic coverage:
  • Camp Rucker, Pike, Alabama  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
  • Fort Rucker, Pike, Alabama  |  View more titles from this: City County, State
Dates of publication:
  • Nr. 1 (1. June 1945)-
Semimonthly <1946>
  • German
  • Alabama--Fort Rucker.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01215404
  • Fort Rucker (Ala.)--Newspapers.
  • Germans--United States--Newspapers.
  • Germans.--fast--(OCoLC)fst00942100
  • Germany.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01210272
  • Prisoners of war--Germany--Newspapers.
  • Prisoners of war--United States--Newspapers.
  • Prisoners of war.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01077227
  • United States.--fast--(OCoLC)fst01204155
  • World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, American--Newspapers.
sn 88080923
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Das PW-Echo

Established in June 1945, Das PW-Echo was a semimonthly prisoner of war (POW) newspaper circulated at Camp Rucker in Pike, Alabama. The periodical was written, edited, and published by and for POWs to educate on American history and current events. The majority of the issues were written in German, though a few issues of Das PW-Echo did include instructional content in the English language. Das PW-Echo was a form of interaction that allowed POWs to maintain a social connection with their native language throughout their imprisonment. The paper also supplied education and information to engage with the foreign country in which they were held during their time and beyond.

Camp Rucker became a POW camp in 1944 to hold up to 2,000 prisoners until it reverted to its original posting as an Army training camp in 1947. The camp adhered to a high standard for prisoner welfare and included educational opportunities. Because of this, the newspaper's didactic essays often focused on U.S. history. In a November 1945 issue, Das PW-Echo included a history lesson about George Washington, and the following month, continued with a lesson on Benjamin Franklin. Additionally, the newspaper provided accounts of recreational activities organized by prisoners, including a camp choir which was described in the June 1945 issue.

Provided by: University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa, AL