Recently Anne Buckley gave a zoom talk to Harrogate Archaeological Society about Raikeswood First World War Prisoner of War Site, and through Janis Heward, permission was obtained to include these links on the Society’s website. Dr Nigel Holden gave a presentation in November 2018, and the links provide an update.

Of particular interest is the rare book ‘Kriegsgefangen in Skipton’ (Prisoner of War in Skipton), containing diaries and sketches by prisoners. It was published in Germany in 1920 and Researchers at The University of Leeds discovered the book in 2015, started to translate it into English and at the same time searched for relatives of the men held at the camp. The good news is that it was published last month and is now available.

Frances Bland.

Skipton’s First World War POW Camp and its German Prisoners

Anne Buckley

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Book in English to be published by Pen & Sword on 28 February 2021:

Online version of German book, Kriegsgefangen in Skipton, published in 1920:

YouTube clip of Hindenburg and boys scouts visiting memorial:

Animation film of Sachsse’s journey made by refugee children in Skipton:

Articles by/about Georg and Ernesto Brucker:

Film: ‘The Good Nazi’:

Book: ‘The Search for Major Plagge’:

Craven Herald article about Friedrich Siems:

Craven Herald article about Friedrich Eppensteiner:

Craven Herald article written by granddaughter of Heinrich Haase:

BBC article about Wolf Kahler’s visit to Skipton:

Link to video clip of Wolf Kahler on Look North: