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The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

S. P. MacKenzie

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Though only one among hundreds of prison camps in which British servicemen were held between 1939 and 1945, Colditz enjoys unparalleled name recognition both in Britain and in other parts of the ... More


Introduction: The Colditz Phenomenon

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
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9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Far more has been written about Colditz than about any other camp, relative to the size of the population, in which British prisoners were held during World War II. For the very success and scale of ... More


Capture and Interrogation

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
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9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Having negotiated the awkward transition from fighting men to POWs and being questioned, captured men faced further potential challenges. In overall terms, Nazi Germany's armed forces observed both ... More


Compounds and Commandants

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

In bureaucratic terms, the dozens of major prison camps and hundreds of satellite compounds within the Greater Reich differed only according to function, location, form, and the service that ran ... More


Leaders and Followers

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

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2006
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October 2011
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9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Important as the commandants and their staff were to the prisoner-of-war life, they were only part of the overall administrative framework within prison camps. Inside the wire at Colditz and ... More


Body and Soul

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0006
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Though the layout of particular prison camps and the behaviour of individual German and British leaders could generate real differences in life behind the wire, the more immediate problem for the ... More


Reprisals and Rewards

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Under the terms of the Geneva Convention, individuals in enemy hands were subject to well-defined penalties for acts of misconduct that mirrored those in place within the captor's armed forces. At ... More


Resistance and Exile

Klemens von Klemperer

in German Resistance against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad 1938–1945

Published in print:
1994
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205517
eISBN:
9780191676659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205517.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Although it would not seem unnatural for those who had common beliefs, especially those who dissent a common party, to consult with each other, strengthen each other’s determination in achieving a ... More


‘Make a Revolution in Germany for the German People’?

Klemens von Klemperer

in German Resistance against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad 1938–1945

Published in print:
1994
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205517
eISBN:
9780191676659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205517.003.0004
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

The progression of the Twilight War did not, as some would believe, discourage the Widerstand into pushing through with its operations, nor did it end communications with the British. This event, in ... More


Widerstand and the Forging of the Grand Alliance

Klemens von Klemperer

in German Resistance against Hitler: The Search for Allies Abroad 1938–1945

Published in print:
1994
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780198205517
eISBN:
9780191676659
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205517.003.0005
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

While the German offensive in the West ended an intense stage of activity conducted by the German Resistance abroad, it can be observed that the initiatives were brought on not just by the Germans ... More


Patriots and Traitors

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

This chapter focuses on the nature and extent of efforts to continue the war behind the wire, along with their opposite, outright collaboration. In relation to the war around them, British POWs in ... More


Abiding and Escaping

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0011
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

The narration of successful escape attempts underlies the success of British prisoner-of-war stories in print and on screen in the post-war decades. Breakouts always involved an element of risk, and ... More


Exodus and Liberation

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
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October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0012
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

How soon World War II would come to an end had been a major preoccupation for most POWs since their capture. As 1944 gave way to 1945, it was clear that Nazi Germany was about to be overrun. As the ... More


Repatriation and Adjustment

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0013
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Whatever private doubts some ex-prisoners may have had about adjusting to life beyond the wire, and however satisfying others might find the chance to roam about and lord it over the locals, just ... More


Conclusion: Farewell to Colditz?

S. P. Mackenzie

in The Colditz Myth: British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780199203079
eISBN:
9780191695469
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.003.0014
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

For decades, the story of Colditz has directly or indirectly influenced popular perceptions of what it was like to be a POW in the Third Reich. In marked contrast to the stark images of death or ... More


Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

Timothy Snyder and Ray Brandon (eds)

Published in print:
2014
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August 2014
ISBN:
9780199945566
eISBN:
9780199392605
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.001.0001
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

The Soviet Union was the largest state in the world, but its repressive power and terrible ambition were on display most clearly in Europe. Under the leadership of Joseph Stalin, from 1928 to 1953, ... More


Belarusian Partisans and German Reprisals

Timm C. Richter

in Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199945566
eISBN:
9780199392605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.003.0010
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Soviet partisan warfare and German antipartisan operations were brutal. The Germans carried out mass reprisals; the Soviet partisans used terror to compel cooperation. Both sides also resorted to ... More


Stalin’s Empire: The Gulag and Police Colonization in the Soviet Union in the 1930s

Lynne Viola

in Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199945566
eISBN:
9780199392605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.003.0002
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Geography, resource extraction, and a colonization drive led primarily by the Soviet secret police were among the factors behind the Stalinist terror of the 1930s. Unlike most European powers, ... More


German Economic Plans for the Occupied Soviet Union and Their Implementation, 1941–1944

Alex J. Kay

in Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199945566
eISBN:
9780199392605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.003.0008
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

German economic plans for the occupied Soviet Union and their subsequent implementation between 1941 and 1944 were sweeping and draconian. Had Germany succeeded in defeating the Soviet Union, the ... More


The Holocaust in Ukraine: History—Historiography—Memory

Dieter Pohl

in Stalin and Europe: Imitation and Domination, 1928-1953

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199945566
eISBN:
9780199392605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199945566.003.0009
Subject:
History, European Modern History, Military History

Every fourth victim of the Holocaust came from Ukraine. Nonetheless, it is difficult to analyze the Holocaust in this country due to the lack of sources and the various foreign occupation regimes. ... More


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