Model Agfa 7.7 camera
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Agfa (estab. 1867, closed 2007): Manufacturer Production date
1930s Audio tour
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The British Red Cross provided many services for POWs during the war. The organisation was in a unique position to do this because the 1929 Geneva Convention officially recognised relief societies to distribute relief in prisoner of war camps. This included food parcels, next-of-kin parcels, recreation and sport supplies, educational services, medical supplies, and clothing.
This camera, a model Agfa 7.7 produced in the 1930s, was used by a prisoner of war in Stalag 383 POW camp in Bavaria to capture everyday life in the camp. The photographs, which are also held in the British Red Cross archives, include images of the photographer and his friends, theatrical productions and sports activities which took place in the camp.
This object immediately appealed to me because it seems so incongruous in the setting of a prisoner of war camp. I’m fascinated to know whether it was contraband and smuggled in, or whether it was provided by the British Red Cross.
Audio recording by Dan Snow (historian)
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