Personal information form related to sound recording no. 271



The so-called Personalbogen (personal information form) was created by the members of the Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission to assist in the process of recording the voices of POWs held in Germany. This form contains data relating to the sound recording numbered 271 made by Gangaram Gurung and includes information about his background, age, and the language skills.


About 250 languages were spoken in the German POW camps. In the Halfmoon Camp at Wünsdorf African languages such as Bobo, Ful. Swahili, Wolof, and Bambara were spoken, in addition to South Asian languages like Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Punjabi, and Nepali. Each recording was documented with a Personalbogen (personal information form). Most of these forms have transliterations and translations made by the members of the Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission.