Thursday, August 23, 2007

Why not a chaplain?

A retired sociology professor has written to ask for more information about Johannes Bogdan who became the camp spokesman (replacing Walter Meier) at Camp Aliceville after the "educational" program began at the camp in 1944. The professor was curious about why Bogdan, who was a former minister, was in military service and not serving as a chaplain.

My information about Bogdan came primarily from my own translations of the newspaper published by the Camp Aliceville German POWs themselves--Der Zaungast--and included several of Bogdan's own writings to the POWs, in the form of articles in that newspaper.

Does anyone have personal knowledge of Bogdan's background or of his family?

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