Otto's Diary

"Letters she never received"

On November 1st 1914, Otto Feldmann set off for the Eastern front as a Czech officer in the Austro-Hungarian army. He left behind a pregnant wife and two daughters.

He wouldn't see them again for six years, having been forced to travel around the entire globe to return home.

Throughout, he kept a diary, written as a series of letters to his wife, in a carefully hidden notebook. It documents war and captivity; years spent in desolate Russian prisoner-of-­war camps, and protracted journeys spanning the length of the early Trans­-Siberian Railway.

To honour his memory and preserve his story, his family have decided to publish the diary for the first time, online, 100 years since he left for war.