Five Years Behind
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edited by Jacqueline Collins

Gallery Camp newspaper, le Canard en KG

Oflag XVIIA's fourteen-page tabloid-size newspaper published twice a month

The name of the newspaper, le Canard en KG, reflected the spirit and intentions of the men. Its name is a play on word; “KG” in German is short for Krieg Gefangener, meaning POW. The Germans had irked the French by painting these initials in large letters on the back of some of the men’s vests. For the Germans, the name of the newspaper meant, “The POW Duck.” However, “en KG,” is pronounced encagé in French, meaning in a cage. In French, the full title meant “The Duck in a Cage.” In addition, le Canard encagé (enKG) was also a spoof of the well- known French satirical magazine le Canard Enchainé (The Duck in Chains), founded during World War I as a protest against the French government’s censorship in wartime

Photos of an original issue, printed in the camp in 1941

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