Video - Touching story of the beautiful wooden toys carved by German PoWs and given to English schoolgirl living nearby in Somerset

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Lance Corporal Franz Schmidt painstakingly carved the gifts for the five-year-old after striking up a friendship with her father, who was a coach driver at the camp.

The enemy soldier, from Mülhausen, Germany, was captured in Cherbourg, France and was held at Goathurst camp from September 1944 until June 1947. Father-of-two Franz, who was known as POW A854348 during his time at the camp, spent hours poring over the intricate sculptures, creating around 20 in total. The collection includes a grocery shop, modelled on the one he owned in his hometown, a doll’s house with furniture, a dog and moving piano.

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