War collection at Oxfam Bookshop to help Syria

British War Dogs
British War Dogs

A bookshop has a special collection of books and DVDs to mark the centenary of the start of the First World War.

Oxfam Bookshop in Cornmarket is selling the rare items, worth up to £75 and dating back to 1914, to support those affected by today’s war in Syria.

The window display was launched last week but the store would like further donations to expand the collection by July.

Books available in store include a first hand account from German officer Otto von Heynitz who was in the military attache with the Serbian army.

Another book, from 1920, gives a unique insight into how dogs were used during the war.

There is also a Tannhauser calendar for the year 1914, poems, and eight illustrated plates by Willy Ponany, published by Liberty & Co

Store manager Dick Jennens said: “100 years after the start of the First World War and 72 years after the birth of Oxfam in the middle of the Second World War, we are working to bring relief to the victims of the civil war in Syria.”