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Collection Description

This diary was kept by William H. Turcotte while he was a German Prisoner of War from October 9, 1943, until his liberation on April 29, 1945. The book is covered with the wool fabric from a G. I. shirt and embroidered with thread from a civilian sock and uniform patches. Inside are colored pencil drawings that depict Kriegie (Prisoner-of-War) living conditions, food, activities, as well as a series of portraits of other prisoners. These are accompanied by their signatures, personal information, and nicknames. Also included are paintings documenting the layout of the camp as well as memorabilia, such as photographs, correspondence, mailing labels, can labels, and news clippings.

Provenance

The diary was given to the Mississippi Department of Archives and History by William H. Turcotte on September 9, 1971.

Reference

Turcotte, W. H. 1995. A Saga of Sagan and Mossburg. Jackson, Miss.: n.p.