Source: Gerard, Face to Face with Kaiserism, 1918, 78B.

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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  • Colonel Alberti, commandant of the prison camp at Doeberitz issued this order ending entertainment and games and limiting bathes to ten minutes on 10 August 1915 as a reprisal for alleged mistreatment of interned women and children by the British government in English internment camps. YMCA secretaries had a difficult time trying to expand War Prisoners' Aid services to POW's as belligerent governments responded harshly to claims of mistreatment of their nationals with reprisal orders. Note the death of the prisoner who failed in his escape attempt. Source: Gerard, Face to Face with Kaiserism, 1918, 78B.