Source: Armed Services Box 53, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota.

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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  • This program marked the official opening of the YMCA hall in the Ruhleben prison camp on December 24, 1915. The Association dedicated the new facility at a particularly depressing time of the year for interned civilians. They were far from their families during the Yuletide season and the YMCA sought to inject some holiday spirit into their weary lives. Source: Armed Services Box 53, Kautz Family YMCA Archives, University of Minnesota.