Source: Doegen, Kriegsgefangene Voelker, Photo 26, 1921, 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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  • French prisoners clerk at the prison bank at Guestrow. POW's earned money while working on labor detachments and received funds from friends and family back home. POW's did not receive legal currency but instead used Lagergeld, money which could be used for purchases inside the prison camp. By eliminating access to legal tender, German authorities hoped to reduce opportunities for bribery and funding escape attempts. Source: Doegen, Kriegsgefangene Voelker, Photo 26, 1921, 78B.