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 8i

The Wooden City: A Journal for Prisoners of War

image This fortnightly newspaper for British prisoners of war at Göttingen first appeared on 1 July 1915. The prison camp's commandant, Colonel Bogen, agreed to allow Professor Dr. Carl Stange to offer the British a newspaper in light of the French and Flemish newspapers published for French and Belgian POW's at the camp. The Wooden City was an eight-page publication and the American YMCA Archives holds the first two issues. The English newspaper featured letters from Colonel Bogen and Professor Stange and contained travelogues (Burma and Egypt), stories about Canada, poetry, and editorials. The newspaper also contained information about camp events (card games, chess and checker tournaments, chorus, theatricals, and YMCA activities) and a list of British prisoners of war interned at Göttingen. Unlike the French newspaper distributed at Göttingen, The Wooden City did not address war news.1


Note 1: The Wooden City: A Journal for Prisoners of War. Armed Services Records Box-53, Folder: "Prisoner of War Work for Germany-1914-1915," Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. back