In 2001, The Phoenix New Times covered the release of a play called Escape from Papago Park.
The play retells the story of "the greatest breakout from a United States compound by prisoners of war during World War II."
During WWII, Papago Park in Phoenix, AZ housed 3,100 German POWs. Just before Christmas in 1944, 25 German soldiers escaped through a 178 foot tunnel. All were later recaptured.
One of those POWs, Heinrich Palmer said:
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Title: Flight From Phoenix
Subtitle: In 1944, 25 German POWs tunneled out of the Papago Park internment camp. Now, a Valley playwright has excavated their adventure.
Author: Robrt L. Pela
Publication: Phoenix New Times
Length: 4,546 words
Date: March 8, 2001