Stalag Luft III

Stalag Luft III (Stammlager Luft, or POW Camp for Airmen #3) was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner-of-war camp during World War II that housed captured air force servicemen. It was in the German province of Lower Silesia near the town of Sagan (now Żagań in Poland), 100 miles (160 km) southeast of Berlin. The site was selected because it would be difficult to escape by tunneling.

The camp is best known for two famous prisoner escapes that took place there by tunneling, which were depicted in the films The Great Escape (1963) and The Wooden Horse (1950), and the books by former prisoners Paul Brickhill and Eric Williams from which these films were adapted.

Read more about Stalag Luft III:  The Camp, Notable Prisoners, The "Great Escape", In Popular Culture

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Stalag Luft III - In Popular Culture
... Eric Williams was a navigator on a shot-down bomber who was incarcerated at Stalag Luft III ... While imprisoned at Stalag Luft III Brickhill was involved in the mass escape attempt ...
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... Luft, the German word for "air" (sometimes also "space" or "breath"), is used by some chess writers and commentators to denote a space left by a pawn move into which a castled king may move ... leaving such a space is often said to "give the king some luft" ... The right thing to do is to give the king some luft by moving a pawn on the g or h file 1.g3, 1.g4, 1.h3 and 1.h4 will all avoid immediate checkmate ...
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... Lya Luft (born September 15, 1938, in Santa Cruz do Sul, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil) is a Brazilian writer, a novelist, a poet, a prolific translator (working mostly in ... Luft currently writes an opinion column for Veja magazine ... Luft's hometown, Santa Cruz do Sul is peculiar because it was largely settled by German-speaking immigrants, starting in the first half of the 19th century ...
Herbert Massey
... Massey became the Senior British Officer at Stalag Luft III ... Sent to Stalag Luft III at Sagan, he became Senior British Officer and under his authority plans for a mass escape were instituted ... After arriving back in the UK he informed the British Government of the Stalag Luft III murders, a violation of the Geneva Convention, setting in motion a formal investigation ...
Phil Lamason - Buchenwald
... including Lamason, were transferred from Buchenwald to Stalag Luft III by the Luftwaffe ... too ill to be moved with the main group, were transported to Stalag Luft III in small groups over a period of several weeks ... At Stalag Luft III, he spent a month in the infirmary recovering ...

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