French and Russian prisoners conduct business at the prison bank at Guestrow. POW's earned money while working on labor detachments and received funds from friends and family back home. POW's did not receive legal currency but instead used Lagergeld, money which could be used for purchases inside the prison camp. By eliminating access to legal tender, German authorities hoped to reduce opportunities for bribery and funding escape attempts.
Germany, Guestrow, Finances, Banking, French POWs, RUssian POWs, World War 1914-1918