edited the description of Diary of a Prisoner in World War I Saturday, November 3, 2012.
An ordinary Czech boy, twenty-two-year-old Josef Šrámek was working at a textile distribution company before he was drafted into the Austrian military and forced to go to war in 1914. Throughout his ordeal, Josef suffered from cold, caught terrible diseases, and witnessed soldiers and civilians turning into either brutal predators or helpless prey. Continually faced with death, Josef believed his chances of survival were near zero and had to accept that being imprisoned by the enemy was the only rational life-saving solution.
From then on, he had to suffer death marches and endure concentration camps in Serbia, Albania, Italy, and France, but against all odds, he managed to survive, return home, and finally resume his life. Presented by his grandson, Tomas, this authentic journal, Diary of a Prisoner in World War I, records the atrocities of a futile war that resulted in the death of countless innocent victims.