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The 1944 Gross Born POW Olympics

This exhibit presents the commemorative stamps, postal stationery and other philatelic material issued to commemorate the 1944 POW Olympic Games at the Gross Born Officer’s camp. (Oflag IID). Organized under the Geneva Convention, the postal services at this camp, played important day-to-day role by delivering intra-camp mail and served as a social outlet for prisoners to pass the time of imprisonment. The items presented, which include scarce internal usages, demonstrate both the functional importance and social role that the camp postal service played.

Andrew Urushima

Sports Philatelists International

Study of the 1944 “Olympic” issue of the Gross Born prisoner of war camp.