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French prisoner of war journal from World War II titled "La Dernière Heure" ["The Last Hour"]

 Collection — Container: 1 [31151030141711]
Identifier: MS-0771
This collection includes three issues of a prisoner of war camp journal titled "La Dernière Heure," created in April, May, and July of 1943 by French internees at the Baltic port of Wismar.


  • 1943 April-July


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This collection is housed off-site and requires 48-hours' notice for retrieval. Contact Special Collections for more information. Collection is open for use.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. Researchers are responsible for determining any copyright questions. It is not necessary to seek our permission as the owner of the physical work to publish or otherwise use public domain materials that we have made available for use, unless Johns Hopkins University holds the copyright.


.167 Cubic Feet (1 legal size folder)

Biographical / Historical

There is currently no biographical information on the creators. More information is needed to confirm if the creator Guérin here is Georges Guérin, a French Chaplain of the same name who was imprisoned by the Germans in 1943.

Content Description

This collection includes three issues of a journal titled "La Dernière Heure," created in April, May, and July of 1943 by three French internees at the Baltic seaport Wismar, where they worked at the nearby airfield and weapons-testing station at Tarnewitz, in Nazi Germany. Georges Guérin, André Baudouin, and Roger Eury each contributed articles which describe their journey from Paris to Wismar, in addition to other topics such as sport, music, literature, and art. The articles are accompanied by illustrations in pencil, crayon, and watercolor. Films are described from memory (with magazine cuttings) or from German versions shown in the camp. Favorite musicians are listed, including Django Rheinhardt, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Tino Rossi. The journals also include drawings of the prison quarters that show beds, desks, posters and photographs which belonged to the authors. The prisoners were given time for sports (football games are reported in detail) and entertainment. More serious articles describe the state of Germany and the aircraft of the Luftwaffe as seen from Tarnewitz. Each issue measures 21 x 15.2 cm, and ranges from 20 – 42 paper pages.

The title of the journal in French: "La Dernière Heure"

Translated in English: "The Last Hour"

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased from Justin Croft Antiquarian Books in July 2016.

Processing Information

This item was processed by Kristen Diehl in January 2017.

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Repository

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