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Architecture as Propaganda
The mosque was a collage of Islamic architecture from around the world. The regional styles of the architecture appealed to prisoners' memories of their home countries. In this way, the mosque itself was a physical representation of pan-Islamism with the intention of shaping prisoner perceptions of the German-Ottoman alliance.
“…the mosque should not be a construct of fantasy, that agrees with European taste, but may offend the religious sensibilities of the indigenous.”
—Remark of Rittmeister Zürn after a visit to the Halbmondlager, February 20, 1914
"For the design [of the mosque] an architectural expression has to be found, to satisfy – as far as possible – the senses and imagination of the Muhammadan believers."
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Exterior photograph of the mosque at the Half Moon Camp (Halbmondlager), Wünsdorf-Zossen.
Print, Photograph from periodical "Der Grosse Krieg in Bildern," No. 10. 1915. Germany. 2007.68.10. National WWI Museum and Memorial.
The global architecture of the Half Moon Camp mosque was a physical, architectural example of Germany’s propaganda. The mosque’s design details were direct statements intended to inspire allegiance in prisoners of war.