Pursuit of an 'Unparalleled Opportunity'
The American YMCA and Prisoner of War Diplomacy among the Central Power Nations
during World War I, 1914-1923.
by Kenneth Steuer

Appendix 6b

Le Camp de Göttingen

(Göttingen Camp)

image This weekly newspaper for French and Belgian prisoners of war at Göttingen began circulation on 14 February 1915 and the American YMCA archives holds three issues of the paper. Professor Dr. Carl Stange, of the University of Göttingen and German YMCA representative, served as the editorial supervisor for the newspaper. The newspaper addressed a wide range of issues ranging from leading articles on history (such as an overview of the life of Carl Friedrich Gauss, a German astronomer who constructed an observatory in Göttingen) and university study in Germany. The opening of the YMCA hut in Göttingen is featured on pages 23 and 24 of the 21 March 1915 issue (No. 6). Regular features included information about the camp library, religious life in the camp, POW news, obituaries, and poetry. Of particular interest and unique in relation to other prison camp newspapers, Le Camp de Göttingen issued official war news regarding military developments on the Western Front, the Eastern Front, and the war at sea. This type of information was generally not distributed in prison camps and POW's had to learn about the tide of battle from newly captured prisoners.1


Note 1: Le Camp de Göttingen. Armed Services Records Box-53, Folder: "Prisoner of War Work for Germany-1914-1915," Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. back