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Military Journal for French Repatriatees

Retour: périodique des prisonniers et déportés français en Allemagne [a periodical for French prisoners and deportees in Germany], nos. 1–7 (all published).

[South Germany], 1945. Broadsheet newsprint; first and last issues each 2 pp. (single folded sheet), the others 4 pp. Old creases; one issue with small tear; else very good copies.

Complete run of this photo-illustrated informational newspaper published from May to July 1945 and aimed at French citizens in Germany. It was issued by the French Ministry of Prisoners and Deportees with assistance by the US forces in Germany. The paper's goal was to give precise information on the organization of homebound transports, the military and political situation in the world, and the realities of French post-war public life. The first issue exhorts future repatriatees to preserve at least one copy for every group, to serve as a practical guide to their rights and obligations in the turbulent post-war period. It also acknowledges the difficulties of producing a newspaper so shortly after the war, as well as the generous support of the US forces. Of particular interest are dispatches from the camps, updates about the repatriation process, news on the UN Charter, photographs of allied soldiers as well as French citizens arriving back at home, and also occasional poetry, such as a translation of a text by Walt Whitman and a poem by Paul Éluard. A striking memento of the momentous challenges posed by WWII's many displaced people.

As of May 2021, KVK and OCLC only show one incomplete holding worldwide (Hoover Institution).

Book ID: 51304

Price: $2,950.00