International Committee of the Red Cross WW2 POW Archives

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

  1. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    So, would it be fair to say that, while accurate for the the most part, the Red Cross records may not be 100% infallible?
     
  2. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    IMHO the accuracy of ICRC information relies on the detaining power providing regular updated information on the location and movements of detained persons.

    BTW my fathers Red Cross papers did accurately reflect what he had recorded in his Liberation Questionnaire.

    Steve Y
     
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  3. Incredibledisc

    Incredibledisc Well-Known Member

    I should have clarified my last post. I was trying to say exactly what you've written here that the records are only as good as the information supplied to them by the Axis powers. From what I can gather the documenting of prisoners by the Germans appears to have been fairly well handled (although his personellkarte looks to have gone missing). Unfortunately I don't have a liberation questionnaire to cross reference with what they sent me. Before getting the Red Cross information I had a few dates and place names written down in my great grandfather's diary and the photos he stuck in it along with the POW lists now held by Find My Past etc. From that I was able to work out a rough timeline of dates and places which the Red Cross information has largely confirmed. The photos of other camps are the only anomalies which I can't account for now if I take the Red Cross information to be 100% accurate. The most obvious solution would be to assume that these other photos are just snapshots he collected while he was a prisoner - maybe some of the blokes listed in his diary are in them. I may never know for sure.
     
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Hi,

    I received the reply to my ICRC enquiry this morning. Letter dated 16th Jan and envelope same date Geneva postmark.

    Lots of new information for me. Relative transferred from 8B to 4C Jan 1944. Now thinking funeral photographs I posted on this thread may be from his time there.

    There is a handwritten letter from him 26th July 1942 in reply to ICRC enquiry (presumably on behalf of family in UK) regarding his state of health. He was then at Stalag 8B Arbeitskommando E220 - no internet hits yet on that working camp.

    Steve Y
     
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  5. Mr B

    Mr B Junior Member

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  6. andy007

    andy007 Senior Member Patron

    Thanks Mr B. That explains why I haven't heard anything yet. Must have put my request through about then too.
     
  7. chick42-46

    chick42-46 Senior Member Patron

    Received a reply in the post from the ICRC today - postmark on envelope dated 24 February but seems to have come to me via an address in Bermondsey! So about a month from my inital request to the ICRC sending a reply - not bad!
     
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  8. Mr B

    Mr B Junior Member

    I just received a response from ICRC, I sent it off Jan 21st, letter was dated 6th and postmarked 7th March. They advised they found my uncle in the archives but unfortunately they don't have much information on him and they only know he is on a list of ex-prisoners of war eligible for Japanese compensation and have directed me to TNA to continue my research.

    Now I'm wondering if this will be the same for most if not all of the FEPOWS or if I was just unlucky. Anyhoo back to the drawing board.

    Barry
     
  9. andy007

    andy007 Senior Member Patron

    I take the below back. I was pleasantly surprised to arrive home to an envelope from the ICRC this evening.

    Not too much in the way of new information, but little tid bits that I didn't have before...such as his POW number!

     
  10. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Just for info - CWGC website now updated today with usual application form for POW enquiries for 2nd quarter 2017.

    Steve
     
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    Tullybrone Senior Member

  12. Lettsm2

    Lettsm2 Member

    Received my response today, postmarked 15/5/17. Lots of new bits as well as corroboration of previously known info. I was like a kid in a sweet when I saw the letter on the mat!
     
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