International Committee of the Red Cross WW2 POW Archives

Discussion in 'Prisoners of War' started by brispencer, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    see this thread on Rootschat.
    ADM199 was a long standing member of this forum so I trust his info.

  2. Varasc

    Varasc Senior Member

    Just a note to improve your search chances - the correct typing would be Chiavari.
  3. Welsh1960

    Welsh1960 Member

    Thanks for the info folks.......most helpful :)
  4. NRJ260599

    NRJ260599 Junior Member

    Would you be able to let me know how you contacted the Red Cross for the information and what information did you need to provide them with?
  5. dbf

    dbf Moderatrix MOD

  6. NRJ260599

    NRJ260599 Junior Member

  7. NRJ260599

    NRJ260599 Junior Member

    I have twice submitted a POW form to the Red Cross.
    Can anyone let me know how long its likely to take the Red Cross to respond to such a search?
  8. kiwi craig

    kiwi craig Member

    For my Father's record took about eight months.
    The Red Cross said words the the effect the they answer all request as soon as possible but the majority of the work is with the living in disaster areas of to day. Don't give up, it will take time.
  9. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Similar to kiwi craig, my applications have taken between 6-8 months. :)
  10. South

    South Member

    I think it was about 8-10 months. Worth the wait.
  11. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Also worth having a search for a POW Liberation Questionnaire as well. If he completed one it should list all camps he was captive in.
    Some more details here:

  12. NRJ260599

    NRJ260599 Junior Member

    Unfortunately he died in January 1945 whilst still a POW after a German interpreter refused to get a medical officer to see to him. According to military records the Interpreters name was Fritsch.
  13. Maureene

    Maureene Well-Known Member

  14. DianeE

    DianeE Member

  15. tedfromscrubs

    tedfromscrubs Junior Member

    I thought they were digitising everything?
  16. DianeE

    DianeE Member

    Hi I had a double post. So I tried to delete this one!!!!!

    All I can tell you is what the website says. I think it has a lot to do with data protection
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  17. amberdog45

    amberdog45 Senior Member

    I think they are just refusing to research individual requests for information. But Diane's right, implementing the new data protection is slowing down the digitisation. There was a similar message in Nov 15 I think it was.
  18. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    Yes, a similar message has been on their site for a while although I think the links to other sources is a new addition. I really hope the digitisation process is still ongoing and the records see the light of day eventually.
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2017
  19. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    According to their website the ICRC is supposed to be making their WW2 POW archives available to the public at some point this year. Has anyone heard anything more specific as to when this is likely to be? It's about the only avenue related to my great granddad that I've not been able to explore yet. I'm hoping they will have details of camps he was held in to cross reference with my "educated guesses" based on is photos and some dates and names in his diary and the published/unpublished POW lists.

    I out in a FOI request to the archives for his German POW index card (which are now kept at Kew) but was told they had nothing on him. There are two files WO 416/74 and WO 416/75 which list a John Conway but apparently neither of them was the one I was looking for. Is it possible that his card could have been misfiled?

    Anyway, if anyone has news on the ICRC I'd love to know but not expecting much!
  20. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    POW card files are very incomplete I'm led to believe. Have you done a look up for a liberation questionnaire? This will usually list camps with, well as far as the POW could remember them when completing the questionnaire.


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