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Archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1923

Registration year: 2007
Submission year: 
2007
Collection ID: 
2006-15

August 1914. The world went to war and, for 52 months, the human race was torn apart by brutality, violence and unspeakable suffering.

The archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency (IPWA), a body created during the early days of the war, bear witness to the scale of the suffering endured by victims of the war across the world. Seven million soldiers were taken prisoner, many civilians were interned on enemy soil and millions more endured military occupation by the enemy or fled from combat zones and occupied territories. These documents are symbolic of an event that shaped the modern world.

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ICRC-Archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1923 © ICRC
ICRC-Archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1923
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