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Newspaper Das Pw-Echo (Camp Rucker, Ala.) 1945-194? P W Echo

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About Das Pw-Echo (Camp Rucker, Ala.) 1945-194?

Established in June 1945, Das PW-Echo was a semimonthly prisoner of war (POW) newspaper circulated at Camp Rucker in Pike, Alabama. The periodical was written, edited, and published by and for POWs to educate on American history and current events. The majority of the issues were written in German, though a few issues of Das PW-Echo did include instructional content in the English language. Das PW-Echo was a form of interaction that allowed POWs to maintain a social connection with their native language throughout their imprisonment. The paper also supplied education and information to engage with the foreign country in which they were held during their time and beyond.

Camp Rucker became a POW camp in 1944 to hold up to 2,000 prisoners until it reverted to its original posting as an Army training camp in 1947. The camp adhered to a high standard for prisoner welfare and included educational opportunities. Because of this, the newspaper’s didactic essays often focused on U.S. history. In a November 1945 issue, Das PW-Echo included a history lesson about George Washington, and the following month, continued with a lesson on Benjamin Franklin. Additionally, the newspaper provided accounts of recreational activities organized by prisoners, including a camp choir which was described in the June 1945 issue.

Provided By: University of Alabama Libraries, Tuscaloosa, AL

About this Newspaper


  • Das Pw-Echo (Camp Rucker, Ala.) 1945-194?

Other Title

  • P W Echo

Dates of Publication

  • 1945-194?

Created / Published

  • Camp Rucker, Ala. : [s.n.], 1945-


  • -  Germans--United States--Newspapers
  • -  Prisoners of war--Germany--Newspapers
  • -  Prisoners of war--United States--Newspapers
  • -  World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons, American--Newspapers
  • -  Fort Rucker (Ala.)--Newspapers
  • -  Germans
  • -  Prisoners of war
  • -  Alabama--Fort Rucker
  • -  Germany
  • -  United States
  • -  World War--(1939-1945)
  • -  1939-1945
  • -  United States--Alabama--Pike--Camp Rucker
  • -  United States--Alabama--Pike--Fort Rucker


  • Newspapers


  • -  Semimonthly, <1946>
  • -  Nr. 1 (1. June 1945)-


  • v.

Library of Congress Control Number

  • sn88080923

OCLC Number

  • 15503158

ISSN Number

  • 2993-9240

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Das Pw-Echo Camp Rucker, Ala. -194?. (Camp Rucker, AL), Jan. 1 1945.

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(1945, January 1) Das Pw-Echo Camp Rucker, Ala. -194?. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Das Pw-Echo Camp Rucker, Ala. -194?. (Camp Rucker, AL) 1 Jan. 1945. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,