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March 24, 2019

The Great Escape

The 24th of March 2019 marked the 75th anniversary of the POW escape at the Luftwaffe-run Stalag Luft III prison in then German town of Sagan (now Żagań, Poland). 76 prisoners of war attempted to escape from a camp through tunnels they had dug underground at Stalag Luft III. Only three of the men managed to escape to safety, while 50 of the 73 who were recaptured were killed.

At the invitation of POW Camps Museum in Sagan, Poland, our group prepared a display during this year's commemorations. It was dedicated to the liberation of Stalag VII-A in Moosburg, Germany, which held some of the evacuated POWs from Sagan. The camp was liberated on 29th of April 1945 by the US 14th Armored Division.The day after, Army nurses and Red Cross workers of the 130th Evacuation Hospital arrived in the camp. They started passing out gum and cigarettes. Hot coffee and donuts were served to ex-prisoners.

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