"Later she was transferred to Frontstalag 121, in Vittal, where hotels from the Spa town had been adapted for the prisoners before she was released at aged 60, considered to old to be any trouble. During this period Aunt Fan kept a diary and drew many pictures of her surroundings, some of which have been included in the book"
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The Germans set up an internment camp at a spa resort near Epinal at Vittel, France. It was located in the Vogues mountains of northern France. This was a rather privlidged camp. Vittel was one of several Internierunslager (Ilaq) administerdc by the German Army rather than the SS. They were for Allied civilians (British and Dominion subjects) who had the misfortune to find themselves in areas occupied by the Germans. After Hitler declared war on the United States, a few Americans were also held there. Vittel (Frontstalag 121) was a few requisitioned hotels in this spa town. Most of the British families and single women were transferred from Saint-Denis and Besançon. The Gernmans decided to release women over 60 years, men over 75 years, and children under 16 years (earl-1942). They wre allowed to live in occupied France where they found that comditions were worse then in the camp. This reduced the camp population to about 2,400 people. Most survived the War. There were also German Jews, including many children. We are not sure why the Jews were held here, but was probably because they had managed to obtain visas from various South American countries. Irish and Vatican diplomats attempted to obtain their release, but without success. The Jews were deported and killed"
Showing a Stalag 121 dog tag. - FRONT-STALAG 121 - EPINAL - Prisonnier n°831