a guide to the German language by quietpurplehaze

a guide to the German language

My dad brought home, amongst several other items, this ABC of the German Language - a handbook for PoWs produced by the Y.M.C.A.

It was issued to him in 1943 and is now lodged in the Second World War Experience Centre, Leeds, with his diaries. I found it amazingly comprehensive with a guide to pronunciation and a detailed grammar of the German language.

There was also lots of vocabulary, arranged both alphabetically and by subject. I'm amused/amazed that this phrase could be deemed to be useful in a PoW camp:
'Bitte, geben Sie mir ein Glas Wein.' (The next phrase asks whether the wine is red or white........)

On Tues 15th May, 1945 my dad was still in Dux waiting to get home:

"The days dragged. We wandered around the town. We received word from Stalag IVC to stay where we were. Evidently, the large towns like Brux and Karlabad were crowded with ex-P.O.W.s waiting to get home and the food situation there was bad. We had enough to live and so decided to stay."

from my dad, Bert Martin's PoW diaries.

©SWWEC

We are going to Cornwall for the week, to take in Auntie Betty's funeral on Friday so please excuse if I am a bit light on commenting.

I've prepared my posts from my dad's diaries to continue while I am away - SO if you are bored, now is the time to switch off!
Very interesting!
May 14th, 2016  
a beautiful piece of history!
May 14th, 2016  
I find it all interesting and I didn't know that there was a Second World War experience centre in Leeds.
May 14th, 2016  
Interesting piece of history Hazel, funny about the wine phrase, I hope they learnt it just in case! Enjoy Cornwall even it is for a sad occasion!
May 14th, 2016  
This is just so interesting
May 14th, 2016  
I'm finding your father's diaries interesting. Especially since my father was a WWII veteran...U.S. Army.
May 14th, 2016  
I like your father's diaries. You're lucky to have them. My grandfather was in WWII. I wish I'd asked him more and recorded it when he was alive.
May 14th, 2016  
@gillian1912
Gillian, they are trying to gather as much info as possible before it disappears for ever. You can find them easily on google & there is lots of interest on their website.
May 14th, 2016  
@seattlite
My father was eventually taken to safety by two American ex PoWs - I'll be posting about that on 2 or 3 days next week.
May 14th, 2016  
A fascinating piece of history Hazel, and thank you for sharing . A sad occasion awaiting you on Friday Xx
May 14th, 2016  
bep
Interesting piece of history.
May 14th, 2016  
Fascinating! A fav for the preservation of a history relic.
May 15th, 2016  
Interesting facts regarding the handbook and the wine phrase made me smile and I expect there was a few remarks made among the prisoners about it and wishing they did have wine. I hope all goes well with Aunt Betty's funeral it will be a sad time for you all.
May 15th, 2016  
So interesting. I bet it has some value. What a wonderful keepsake to have.
May 15th, 2016  
Cool picture.
May 15th, 2016  
Such an interesting shot and narrative. Hope you manage to stay strong on Friday. Thinking of you. A very sad time.
May 15th, 2016  
@onewing

Babs, thank you. Strong is what I need to be but it will be so hard.
May 15th, 2016  
Interesting historic capture.
May 15th, 2016  
Hi Hazel live your shot my Dad too was a POW in WW11 . Also interesting is his Grandfather came out from Cornwall to NZ 1879 it's a place I would very much like to see .
May 15th, 2016  
Great shot, so interesting.
May 15th, 2016  
Very interesting capture and diary entry.
May 16th, 2016  
@dawnee

Very pretty countryside and seaside here in Cornwall.
May 16th, 2016  
Love all this :)
May 16th, 2016  
I'm loving your Dad's diary entries!
May 17th, 2016  
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