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"