Being a civilian prisoner at the Garaison camp (Mini-lien nr. 476)

During the First World War, France considered the Germans, the Austro-Hungarians, the Ottomans, the Bulgarians present on its soil as enemies: they were concentrated in camps, including that of Garaison (Hautes-Pyrénées), installed in the former convent and school establishment of the Missionaries of the Immaculate Conception.

About thirty Missionaries of Africa from Maison Carrée, all of the German nationality, were interned in Algiers, at Fort-l’ Empereur, then in Berrouaghia. On May 31, 1916, they were transferred to Garaison camp. Most are novices in their twenties. Placed under the leadership of Father Leo Pfeffermann, they can dispose of the chapel and go to the library. Here (page 123) two wear the fez, this woollen headgear so common in North Africa; all three pose in the dress that earned them their usual name. Friedrich Schuch, 25, Ernst Friedrich Drissler, 39, Johann Michels, 26.

More : http://www.peresblancs.org/camp_de_Garaison.htm

Grab the book and practice your French :

Pascale LEROY-CASTILLO et Sylvaine GUINLE-LOIRET
Etre prisonnier civil au camp de Garaison
(Hautes-Pyrénées) 1914-1919
Editions Cairn 30 euros Juin 2018 Pages : 239

From Mini-lien nr. 476 – september 2018

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