Tsingtao : Bando Collection Online

This is worth an hour of your life, check it out: The DIJ (Deutsches Institut für Japanstudien) published a remarkable archive about the fate of Germany’s first and last colony in China, Tsingtao. You’ll find pictures, maps, theater- and sportprograms, postcards and whatnot there. From the newsletter:

After the fall of the German colony of Tsingtao (China) approximately 5000 Germans were placed under arrest as Japanese prisoners-of-war. From 1914 to 1920 these POWs were interned in several camps in Japan. Because of the stimulating cultural exchange between the POWs and the neighbouring Japanese population, especially in the case of the Bando POW camp, this period of time represents an important step in German-Japanese relations. The DIJ Library is in the possession of a large number of original materials related to or printed in the Bando POW camp: journals, books, maps, postcards, theater/concert programs, photographs etc. This is the so-called Bando Collection. As part of the initiative “Germany in Japan 2005/2006” the Bando Collection is hereby presented to the public for the first time.

On http://bando.dijtokyo.org you will find:

…a virtual tour of the Bando POW camp with its barracks, restaurants and the shopping quarter “Tapautau”.
…information about the theatre activities: “a stage without actresses”.
…how music and gymnastics became a bridge to the Japanese population.
…who won the “camp prize” during the “Exhibition of Graphic Art and Handicraft” in March 1918.
…a catalog to browse or search the whole Bando collection.

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