Strune, Friedrich | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Friedrich Strüne served as a Non-commissioned Officer for the German Army in World War I. He was taken prisoner by the Allies in June 1917 and held in the Stobs Prisoner of War Camp in Stobs near Hawick, Scotland. The camp consisted of 200 wooden huts designed to hold 6,000 prisoners. The prisoners in the camp printed their own newspaper called the "Stobsiade," that Friedrich once sent a copy of to his parents so that they could get a better idea of what life was like in the camp. Twenty-five issues of the "Stobsiade" were printed, with 4,000 copies of each issue being printed.
Within the camp, there was a library, a hospital, a theater, an orchestra, gymnastics and choir groups, and a school set up by former teachers. Friedrich took agriculture courses at the school, which he hoped to put to good use after the war.
During his first few months in the camp, Friedrich wrote many letters to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilhelm Strüne, who lived in Kleekamp bei Dissen in Lower Saxony. He eagerly awaited the arrival of the first piece of mail from his parents, but it did not come until the end of August 1917.
Friedrich had three brothers still residing in Germany: Heinrich, Karl, and Willy. Of the three, he occasionally wrote to Heinrich, who lived in Hanover. During his time in the prison, Friedrich's family transferred money to him, sent him apples, butter, notebooks, and tobacco. He often writes of his cravings for tobacco and says he cannot stand the taste of the English tobacco. Throughout his letters, he emphasizes to his family that he is satisfied and healthy in the camp.
Letters in collection.
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