Life Behind Barbed Wire: The Secret World War II Photographs of Angelo M. Spinelli by Angelo SpinelliLife Behind Barbed Wire: The Secret World War II Photographs of Angelo M. Spinelli by Angelo Spinelli

Life Behind Barbed Wire: The Secret World War II Photographs of Angelo M. Spinelli

byAngelo SpinelliAs told byLewis H. Carlson

Hardcover | February 19, 2004

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Sergeant Angelo Spinelli was captured in North Africa by the Germans on Valentine's Day, 1943, and shipped to Stalag IIIB near Furstenburg, Germany. Using cigarettes obtained from the Red Cross, Spinelli bribed a camp guard to procure a Voitlander camera and film. Life behind Barbed Wire features photographs Spinelli took during his time in prison camp. Of the more than one thousand photographs Spinelli risked his life to take, more than one hundred appear in this book. The remarkable photographs, enhanced by Lewis H. Carlson's explanatory text, feature prisoners trading with the guards' combating ticks, lice, and other vermin, preparing meager rations on ingenious cooking contraptions, fighting off boredom by playing baseball, soccer, and football, putting on musical and dramatic theatre presentations, and worshiping in a chapel the prisoners themselves built. These snapshots give us a window on camp life, where catastrophe was normal and normalcy was often catastrophic. In addition, there are dramatic shots of liberation from Stalag IIIA, where Spinelli and some thirty-eight thousand other Allied prisoners had been moved during the final months of the war. Mounted as a traveling exhibit by the National Prisoner of War Museum in Andersonville, Georgia, 92 of these photographs are currently on display at the Italian American Museum in New York City.
Angelo Spinelli was a decorated combat photographer in the Signal Corps. Born in the Bronx, New York, he now lives in Hallandale, Florida. Lewis H. Carlson is Professor Emeritus of History at Western Michigan University. His books including We Were Each Other's Prisoners: An Oral History of World War II American and German Prisoners of...
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Title:Life Behind Barbed Wire: The Secret World War II Photographs of Angelo M. SpinelliFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.25 × 8.25 × 1.8 inPublished:February 19, 2004Publisher:Fordham University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0823223051

ISBN - 13:9780823223053

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