Folder 1 of 2 - Diary of Brother Karl Kirsch, 1942

Accession Number AWM2020.22.44
Collection number AWM2016.607.1
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Folder
Item count 2
Object type Diary, Digital file
Physical description 54 Image/s captured
Maker Kirsch, Karl
Date made 1942
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
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Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Folder 1 of 2 consists of a typed diary entitled Tagebuch Aufzeichnungen 1942 (Diary records 1942).

The diary is based on notes kept by Brother Karl during the time of his imprisonment and carried around in his hat. The diary covers Brother Karl's imprisonment at Finschhafen and trek from Lae to Port Moresby with other German colleagues, and journey by sea to Australia through various camps. Mentions are made of the conditions such as rations, weather conditions, trench digging, illnesses, conflicts with guards, observations of the area's natural beauty, and bible study and religious beliefs. The diary names many German internees and UELCA (United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Australia) people encountered throughout the period.

A translation of the diary was provided by Brother Karl's son, Reverend Karl Kirsch.