Entries tagged as 'movie'
Colditz was also the subject of several movies and TV series, including (per Wikipedia):
The Colditz Story (1955):
Amazon.com lists a Region 2 DVD of the film (which may not work in North America).
(The image isn't related to the movie or TV series; I just wanted to include a pre-restoration view.)
The different work requirement for officers vs. enlisted personnel was a key part of a (fictional) WW2 movie: The Bridge on the River Kwai.
Starting at about 45 seconds into this clip (with the word "officers" a bit garbled):
The British commander objects, quoting the "other than officers" portion of the Geneva Convention. Neither wants to give in.
Lots more at filmsite ... though the quotes don't seem to match the film.
In addition to German POWs, the U.S. held about 51,000 Italian POWs during WW2.
Some are covered in an award winning documentary film. According to the film's website:
Interesting to note:
The site includes a clip (4:54) from the film.
There are plenty of movies to cover. This one is probably the most famous: "The Great Escape" starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough. It is based on the true story of a group of Allied POWs who escaped from Stalag Luft III.
According to its IMDb plot summary:
According to this site, many of the scenes are true to life, though with the usual composite characters and mixed-up timelines.
title: The Great Escape
release date: 1963, on DVD 2004
list price: $19.98
run time: 172 minutes
WMNU-TV in Michigan has posted a viewer's guide (PDF) for the 2004 award winning documentary called "The Enemy in Our Midst: Nazi Prisoner of War Camps in Michigan's Upper Peninsula."
They also offer a booklet called POW Camps in the U.P. (PDF), which contains original articles cited in the documentary.
According to their site:
Here's another good documentary: The Enemy Within (52:04).
Lethbridge, AB is about 500 km (310 miles) south of Wainwright, AB.
Watch online for free, courtesy of the National Film Board of Canada. It's well worth your time.
title: The Enemy Within
filmmaker: Eva Colmers
release date: 2003
list price: free!
run time: 52:04 minutes
An interesting site on "Aces of the Luftwaffe" provides some details:
(The US was neutral at the time.)
title: The One That Got Away
release date: 1957, on DVD 2008
list price: $14.98
run time: 106 minutes