[This blog post was written by Matthew Peek, Military Collection Archivist for the State Archives of North Carolina.]
Through a private donation, the Military Collection in the State Archives of North Carolina has recently received 9 original postcards and letters from World War II German POW Werner Trotschel, who was imprisoned at Camp Butner and Fort Bragg in North Carolina. The items date from 1944 to 1945, and are written entirely in German (apart from portions of the mailing address). The correspondence was censored both in America and in Germany. Four postcards and one letter were written at Camp Butner, and two postcards and two letters were written at Fort Bragg. This is the first collection of North Carolina-related German POW materials to be received by the Military Collection.
The Military Collection will be seeking assistance in the near future to have the correspondence translated, with the correspondence and translations available for research in the State Archives’ public Search Room. Eventually, the State Archives will work with the Camp Butner Society to have scanned reproductions put on display at the new Camp Butner Museum in Butner, North Carolina.