Source: YMCA Photograph Collection—Austria, Photo 25H, Kautz Family YMCA Archives.

From Pursuit of an "unparalleled opportunity": American YMCA and prisoner of war diplomacy among the Central Power nations during World War I, 1914-1923 by Kenneth Steuer

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  • Max Rieser, a Swiss YMCA secretary who volunteered to support WPA operations in Austria-Hungary after the departure of the American secretaries in 1917, sits at the center of a table (in civilian clothing and bowler hat) surrounded by Russian prisoners of war at Reichenberg in Bohemia. Christian Phildius recommended that Rieser serve as the WPA Secretary for Allied POW's in the Ottoman Empire because of his language abilities. Source: YMCA Photograph Collection—Austria, Photo 25H, Kautz Family YMCA Archives.