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 8b

Friedrichsfeld Concert of August 1915

image The Théatre de l'Exil presented a four-act comedy, "Le Gendre de Mr. Poirier," to the prisoners of war at Friedrichsfeld on 29 August 1915. The Comité d'Initaitive et de Bienfaissance (Committee of Initiative and Charity) sponsored the performance with American YMCA support. At the bottom left of the program, note the coat of arms for the prison camp. The American War Prisoners' Aid secretary, who probably attended the show, made notes on the back of the program. The YMCA often supported theatrical performances for the benefit of the prison camp population with costumes, props, and scripts.1


Note 1: Concert du 29 Aoft 1915, 29 August 1915. Armed Services Records Box 53, Folder: "Prisoner of War Work in Germany-1914-1915," Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. back