This collection includes three journals titled, "La Dernière Heure" prepared in April, May and July of 1943 by three French internees at the Baltic port of Wismar, where they worked at the nearby airfield and weapons-testing station at Tarnewitz, in Nazi Germany. Georges Guérin, André Baudouin, and Roger Eury each contributed articles on their journey from Paris to Wismar on sport, music, literature, and art. The articles are accompanied by illustrations in pencil, crayon, and watercolor. Films are described from memory (with magazine cuttings) or from German versions shown in the camp and favorite musicians are listed, including Django Rheinhardt, Edith Piaf, Charles Trenet and Tino Rossi. The journals also include detailed plans of the prison quarters that show beds, desks, even posters and photographs belonging to each of the three internees. The prisoners were given leisure for sports (football games are reported in detail) and entertainment. More serious articles describe the state of Germany and the aircraft of the Luftwaffe as seen from Tarnewitz. Each issue measures 21 x 15.2 cm, and ranges from 20 – 42 paper pages.
The title of the journal in French:
"La Dernière Heure"
Translated in English:
"The Last Hour"