Schröder was taken prisoner of war by the Russians on January 31, 1943 and sent to the transit camp Frolov, 100 kilometers northwest of Stalingrad. He experienced hunger, cold and death there as well as the prisoners’ deep despondency following the collapse of their army. The idea that the world had to be informed that Hitler and the German people were not identical arose there among the prisoners.
Schröder held worship services in Frolov on Sunday mornings secretly before roll call. He received official permission to hold a worship service only on Easter of 1943. In May, Schröder was taken to Yelabuga officers’ camp behind Kazan and then to Lunyovo camp close to Moscow.
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- Private collection Christiane Godt-Schröder; © Photo: C. Lepp