16 BOOK NEWS THESE ARE BANNED NEXT of kin must bear in mind that certain books cannot I*' sent to prisoners. No technical work pul iished after 1939 should be included in a parcel unless it is sure that our own authorities would have 110 objection. No atlases are allowed, and no books containing maps which might bethought helpful to a prisoner trying to escape. There is an embargo also 011 "Year Hooks." Quite obviously it is useless to attempt to send works which criticise the Nazi or Fascist regimes- ,or,in fact, any books containing references likely to give offence to the enemy authorities, as, for instance, Hogben’s “Mathematics for the Million.” No works by Jews are permitted, so that.the psychological treatises of Freud and jung cannot be sent, nor the scientific works of Einstein. Modern verse anthologies which contain poems by Jews come under the. ban. MAY SELECTION OF PENGUIN BOOKS PENGUIN BOOKS have iiiformed us that the following ten Hooks were chosen as the May Selection for prisoners in camps in Germany and Italy :—TheE gyp t’s Gold, David Scott Corduroy, Adrian Bell The Three Friends, Norman Collins The I.ady of the Barge, W. W. Jacobs Norlhanger Abbey, Jane Austen Speedy Death, Gladys Mitchell Passenger to Teheran, V. Sackville West Mathematician’s Delight, VV. W. Sawyer Second Shot, Anthony Berkeley The Dark Flower, John Galsworthy. Sharing the “Penguin ”Subscription THE Penguin Press £3 3s. subscription, though it gives an excellent selection of books for a relatively small sum, may fall rather heavily 011 some next of Akin. reader has made the suggestion that two or three next of kin neighbours who have P.O.W .sin the same camp should club together and share the expense. We have ascertained from the Penguin Press that such an arrangement meets with their approval. Such joint subscriptions should be 'sent to Penguin Press, West Drayton, Middlesex, with the names of the two or three prisoners, when the parcel will be addressed accordingly. The P.O.W must,.s of coursc, be in the* same camp. NUMBER, PLEASE !PLEASE be sure to mention your Red Cross reference number whenever you write to us. The Prisoner of War B n v (Si u Length of Letters Are there any regulations concerning the length of letters one may send to a P.O.W .?.Letters shot’ld not be longer than the two side. an average-sized sheet of notepaper. May She Type? 'May I type my letters tom y husband who is in a German Stalag? Yes. It is a good idea to type letters to prisoners, if possible, as this makes them easier to read, and may perhaps get them more quickly through the censorship. His Great Friend My son’s great friend, ^who is in this country, is anxious to write to him. Can he do so? Or does this mean that m y own letters may beheld back if there are two correspondents? My son is a P.O .W.in Germany. Your son’s friend may certainly write to him, but we should recommend that he should not do so too often. An Artist Can I include artists’ paints in a parcel to my husband who is a P.O .W.in Italy? Water-colour paints maybe sent in next of kin parcels provided that they are in little pans, not in tubes. Prisoner in Java 1 have just been notified that my son is a prisoner in Java .Will he receive food parcels from the Red Cross? Certain Red Cross supplies, despatched by the ships used to repatriate Japanese diplomats last year, have been distributed Jain v a camps. No further supplies have since been sent, owing to the refusal of the Japanese to allow the sailing of the ships that would have to be utilised to carry them. Every effort is being made to secure facilities from the Japanese. Is He Well? My son is a prisoner in a Stalag, but has never mentioned in his letters to vie that he' is working. .Docs this mean lie is not fit? .No, not all British P.O.W are.s employed in working parties. His Sports Jacket Can I send’ my husband his civilian sports jacket? The colour is basically khaki.-No civilian outer clothing pf any sort may be'sent to Service P.O.W .s. Officer’s Overcoat M y husband .is in a German, Oflag. May I send him. his" Service overcoat? Yes. You may send it in your next of kin parcel. J u k e ,1943 C S't 10 It 6 ?Prisoner Friends Js it possible for my fiance, a prisoner of war in Germany, to Write a card direct la his friend, a prisoner in Italy? We think that this is possible, but your fiance could find out whether the camp authorities will allow him to write to his friend. Camp Hospitals Has every Stalag a hospital attached door sick prisoners togo a civilian hospital? Every main Stalag has its infirmary, but serious cases are frequently taken to a German military or civilian hospital. Prisoners in the smaller camps or working detachments maybe treated in the local civilian hospital. Man of Confidence What is the definition of a British Man of‘ Confidence and a Camp Leader, and 'why are tjiose different terms used? How are they appointed? According to the terms of the Geneva Convention Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 1929, prisoners of war are authorised to appoint representatives to represent them before the military authorities and the protecting Powers. We understand that these representatives are elected by the other prisoners. The expression “men of confidence” is the literal translation of the term“ homines de confiance,” used in the French t.ext of the Convention to describe the prisoners’ representatives. There is no difference between the duties of the “Man of Confidence” or the “Camp Leader” or “Camp Captain.” Telegram from P.O.W .Arc P.O.W .s allowed to send telegrams? My son— a prisoner in Italy —mentions having sent a Christmas greetings telegram which we have not received, but I wonder if the ten-word message sent through the Vatican would bethe same. ^In circumstances of very exceptional urgency a P.O.W .might abe llw e tod send a telegram but we think that your son must have been under the mistaken impression that his message for .Christmas would be sent by telegram. FREE TO NEXT OF KIN HTHIS journal is sent free of chargc to those registered with the Prisoners of War Dept, as next of kin. In view of the paper shortage no copies are for sale, and it is hoped that next of kin will share their copy with relatives and others interested. 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