Barbed Wire Ballads

Miles Kington travels to BERLIN to hear songs and stories from a lost Europe, a secret arcHIVe recorded in German Prisoner of War camps during the First World War.

Recorded by the Royal PRUSSIAn Phonographic Commission, the arcHIVe was conceived as a celebration of Europe's cultural diversity and a record of more than 200 languages and dialects.

Between 1915 and 1918, prisoners from across the continent and from every region of Britain recited Bible verses, poems, drinking songs, jokes and life stories for the Commissioners.

Listening to shellac discs and wax cylinders, Miles hears the voices of those prisoners and sets out to trace their stories and that of the arcHIVe itself.

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T2005051120130309 (BBC7)

Miles Kington travels to BERLIN to hear songs and stories from a lost Europe, a secret arcHIVe recorded in German Prisoner of War camps during the First World War.

Recorded by the Royal PRUSSIAn Phonographic Commission, the arcHIVe was conceived as a celebration of Europe's cultural diversity and a record of more than 200 languages and dialects.

Between 1915 and 1918, prisoners from across the continent and from every region of Britain recited Bible verses, poems, drinking songs, jokes and life stories for the Commissioners.

Listening to shellac discs and wax cylinders, Miles hears the voices of those prisoners and sets out to trace their stories and that of the arcHIVe itself.Miles Kington visits Berlin to hear songs and stories from a lost Europe, a secret archive recorded in German Prisoner of War camps during the First World War.

T2005051120130309 (BBC7)

Miles Kington travels to BERLIN to hear songs and stories from a lost Europe, a secret arcHIVe recorded in German Prisoner of War camps during the First World War.

Recorded by the Royal PRUSSIAn Phonographic Commission, the arcHIVe was conceived as a celebration of Europe's cultural diversity and a record of more than 200 languages and dialects.

Between 1915 and 1918, prisoners from across the continent and from every region of Britain recited Bible verses, poems, drinking songs, jokes and life stories for the Commissioners.

Listening to shellac discs and wax cylinders, Miles hears the voices of those prisoners and sets out to trace their stories and that of the arcHIVe itself.Miles Kington visits Berlin to hear songs and stories from a lost Europe, a secret archive recorded in German Prisoner of War camps during the First World War.