Three Russian prisoners of war in Assens




This picture shows three Russian soldiers captured by the Germans in Warsaw, in 1915. Of the large number of Russians held captive by the Germans during World War One, many were forced into farm work where ready hands were needed. Of those forced to work in northern Schleswig, many thousands fled to neutral Denmark.

The three pictured here are called Pochilko, Varanitsj and Kamarov. They managed to flee, crossing the sound from the island of Als to Assens on Funen tied to the bottom of a carriage. In the absence of international conventions Denmark was not obliged to return them to Germany. Most escapees were either interned or sent to work on farms.


På billedet ses tre russiske soldater, der var blevet taget til fange af tyskerne ved Warszawa i 1915. Af de mange russiske krigsfanger, der blev taget til fange af Tyskland under Første Verdenskrig, blev en del sat til at arbejde i landbruget, der manglede hænder. Af de krigsfanger, der blev sat til at arbejde i landbruget i de nordlige dele af Tyskland, lykkedes det flere tusinde at flygte til Danmark. For de tre russere på billedet, Pochilko, Varanitsj og Kamarov, lykkedes flugten ved at krydse sundet mellem Als og Assens på en vognbund, der var fastgjort til nogle planker. I mangel af internationale konventioner var Danmark ikke forpligtet til at sende disse krigsfanger tilbage til Tyskland. De fleste blev derfor enten internerede i lejre eller ansat i landbruget.

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