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.

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