Camp Weinberg near Zossen

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Description

The first picture shows a group of prisoners sliding a rack wagon full of parcels in the camp.
The second picture shows a group of prisoners, probably Tatar, practising gymnastics.
The third picture shows a group of Tatar prisoners at work in the workshop.
The last picture shows a group of Algerian prisoners playing cards.

Context

As the aim of German propaganda was to foment colonial prisoners of war against their colonial oppressors, there were efforts to treat them better than the Entente powers supposedly did. Until early 1916 they were not put on work detail but were offered education (although with emphasis on propaganda purposes) and they could use their leisure time to socialise, play sport, or do artisanal work. At the Weinberglager, an apprenticeship workshop was built and here prisoners were trained in locksmithing. The prisoners at Halbmondlager were trained in embroidering. The camp’s headquarters made links with local craftsmen who employed and paid some of the prisoners, who nevertheless still had to work in the camp. As in other camps, these prisoners were allowed to receive aid packages and letters but only after these had passed through censorship.