British officers in costume on stage at Holzminden Camp, Germany, 1918
Photograph by Otto Liebert, World War One POWs (1914-1918), 1918.
Holzminden Camp in Lower Saxony housed between 500 and 600 British and Commonwealth officers. Opened in September 1917, it was described by the 'Daily Sketch' in January 1919 as 'the worst camp in Germany' due to the harsh regime of Hauptmann Karl Niemeyer.
To relieve the boredom of their captivity the prisoners played sports like football, hockey and tennis, organised concerts and plays, and took part in lectures and debates.
One of seven photographs relating to Holzminden prisoner of war camp for officers in 1918, taken by Otto Liebert of Holzminden, possibly the Camp photographer, 1918.
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