Marking the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, the Geneva-based International Committee of the Red Cross has digitized its files documenting the fate of two million prisoners during the 1914-1918 war.
From Charles de Gaulle to the teenage son of Rudyard Kipling, and forgotten names from across the globe, the story of the millions captured or missing in the First World War is now laid bare with a mouse-click, after the Swiss government funded the $4.3-million digitization project.
“It took us three years to restore the index cards, and another three to digitize them,” said David-Pierre Marquet, archivist at the International Committee of the Red Cross.
The haul of files is searchable at grandeguerre.icrc.org
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See Also: The Archives of the International Prisoners of War Agency, 1914-1919 (4 pages; PDF)
via the International Committee of the Red Cross