Georg Fricke papers, 1915-1919
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Brief Description:

The Georg Fricke Collection includes 104 letters written in German, from Georg Fricke to Sophie Wessels during his time in a prison camp in Stobs, Scotland.

The collection also includes a book containing 25 copies of the Stobsiade, the newsletter that was printed by the prisoners in Stobs.  The editions in the collection range from September 1915 -February 1919.  The newsletter contains poems, puzzles, news reports, short stories, and advertisements.

Held at:
Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
605 Agriculture Dr.
MC 6632
Carbondale, IL 62901
Phone: 618-453-2516
Fax: 618-453-3451
Email: speccoll [at]
Record Series Number: 1/7/MSS 225
Created by: Fricke, Georg
Volume: 1.0 Boxes
Biographical Note for Fricke, Georg :

Georg Fricke was born in the town of Ritterhude near Bremen.  In September 1915, Georg was taken prisoner of war and held in a camp in Stobs near Hawick in Scotland as prisoner number 9731.  Georg writes consistently to his girlfriend Sophie throughout his time there. 

While in the camp Georg was actively involved in a gymnastics club, a theater group, a book printer's club, a Christian group, drama club, soccer club, gardening club, choir, Catholic group, a band, a farming club, teacher's group, math and science club, stenographer's club, and a chess club.  Along with all the clubs, the camp also had a bakery, furniture makers, clock makers, tattoo artists, and a school.  A number of prisoners in the camp were certified teachers who held classes on a variety of topics within the camp.  A large number of books written in various languages were also offered to the prisoners to read, and many of them learned new languages while in the camp.

One of the biggest forms of entertainment in the camp was reading the Stobsiade, the newsletter printed by the prisoners.  Not only did prisoners read the newsletter, but many of their families back in Germany were subscribers.  The 2nd edition of the newsletter reports that the first edition sold over 3,000 copies.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted access.
Subject Index
Fricke, Georg
Prisoners of war - Scotland - History
Stobs (Scotland)
Wessels, Sophie.
World War, 1914-1918
Genres/Forms of Material
Fricke, Georg - Correspondence
Political cartoons
Soldiers - Germany - Correspondence
Languages of Materials
German [ger]
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Acquisition Notes: Charles Apfelbaum.  Purchased.
PreferredCitation: [Item], Georg Fricke papers, Special Collections Research Center, Southern Illinois University Carbondale.