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When the laws of warfare are observed (as they generally were between Nazi Germany and the western Allies) prisoners of war are accorded the right to communicate with their families at home. Often this took the form of Christmas cards supplied by the captors. Here are two which Canadian officials made available to German prisoners in World War II. In the first card, prisoner Theodore Kutsche sends Christmas greetings to his mother and sister. At this stage of the war it was very likely that Kutsche was a member of a downed aircrew.

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