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Confronting CaptivityBritain and the United States and Their POWs in Nazi Germany$
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Arieh J. Kochavi

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780807829400

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807876404_kochavi

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Whitehall and British Pows

Whitehall and British Pows

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Confronting Captivity

Arieh J. Kochavi

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter focuses on the living conditions in German camps where British prisoners of war (POWs) were held captive during World War II, the way the POWs were treated by the Germans, and the measures taken by the British government to ensure their general welfare. In the aftermath of Dunkirk, Britain devoted all its energy on the struggle for survival at home and paid little attention to the fate of British troops captured by Nazi Germany. The chapter examines the health conditions of British POWs in German prison camps and the medical attention given to them, along with food and other services. It also looks at the creation of the Directorate of Prisoners of War within the British War Office and concludes by discussing the work of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Britain regarding British POWs in Germany.

Keywords:   prisoners of war, POWs, World War II, Dunkirk, Britain, Nazi Germany, prison camps, War Office, International Committee, Red Cross

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