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This blog post is the work of summer intern Joe Everitt, who has been mapping the home addresses of the Skipton prisoners. Alongside exploring the injuries and illnesses suffered by the prisoners from Skipton camp, my fellow intern Alice and I have also spent time researching where the prisoners lived....

On 12th July actor Wolf Kahler, the grandson of the senior German officer in the Skipton prisoner-of-war camp, Fritz Sachsse, officially opened our new information board and gave a moving speech in which he shared his personal memories of his grandfather. The event was attended by around 150 people including...

This summer we have two student interns working on the project. One of them, Alice Craft, has been looking at the extent of the injuries and illness among the Skipton prisoners: As the translation of Kriegsgefangen in Skipton is receiving its final touches ready for publication, two student interns on...

In early 1919, 47 of the German prisoners of war from Raikeswood Camp died when an outbreak of Spanish Flu hit the camp. 42 of them died in Morton Banks hospital where they were being treated and another 5 died in the camp. The funerals took place at Morton Cemetery,...

On 13th January 1919 16 student prisoners of war in Raikeswood Camp sat the written examinations for their Abitur (German equivalent of ‘A’ level). The oral examinations followed on 28th, 29th and 30th January. The men had been taught by some of their fellow prisoners who were qualified schoolteachers. These...

For some of the Skipton prisoners Christmas 1918 was their fifth in captivity. One of the NCOs, Adolf Schonek, describes the celebrations in the camp: Christmas had come around again, the fifth time in captivity for many of us. But this time it had a special meaning: the old Christmas...

On 4th December 1918 the German POWs in the Skipton camp received notification from the Prussian Ministry for Education and Cultural Affairs (via the Swiss Embassy) that permission had been granted to the qualified teachers in the camp to set oral and written examinations for their 16 ‘pupils’ (younger prisoners)...

At the time of the Armistice Britain held approximately 90,000 German prisoners of war in the UK. For these men the Armistice brought fear and anxiety; they were worried about what the future held for them, their families and for their homeland. They describe their feelings in Kriegsgefangen in Skipton:...