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Part III - STALAG LUFT III 

Illustration of Prison CampStalag Luft III was located 100 miles southeast of Berlin in what is now Poland. The POW camp was one of six operated by the Luftwaffe for downed British and American airmen.

Compared to other prisoner of war camps throughout the Axis world, it was a model of civilized internment.

The Geneva Convention of 1929 on the treatment of prisoners of war was complied with as much as possible, but it was still war, still prison, and still grim. With a madman on top, there was the ever-present threat that authority above the Luftwaffe could change things on a whim.

Kriegies always knew that they were living on the razor's edge.

Artifacts & Recollections

Security & the Prospects of Escape



Memoirs from the camp's Commandant


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