Captain Reinhold Eggers, Colditz Castle in April 1945. Photo taken by a U.S. Army soldier. Colditz Castle is a castle in the town of Colditz near Leipzig, Dresden, and Chemnitz in the state of Saxony in Germany ( 51° 7′ 38.208″ N 12° 48...
Colditz Castle security officer from November is the eleventh month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four Gregorian months with the length of 30 days. November begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Scorpio and ends in the sign of Sagittarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation...
November 1940 was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). Events January-February January 5 - FM radio is demonstrated to the FCC for the first time. January 6 - World War II: Mass execution of Poles, committed by Germans in the Poznan, Warthegau. January 12 - World War...
1940 until April is the fourth month of the year in the Gregorian Calendar and one of four with the length of 30 days. April begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Aries and ends in the sign of Taurus. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Pisces...
April 1945 was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). Events January January 5 - The Soviet Union recognizes the new pro-Soviet government of Poland. January 7 - British General Bernard Montgomery holds a press conference in which he claims credit for victory in the Battle of...
1945. Promoted to chief of security in 1944 was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). Events World War II January January 4 - The Battle of Monte Cassino begins. January 5 - Murder of Danish playwright Kaj Munk January 17 - British forces, in Italy, cross the Garigliano River. January 20 - The Royal Air...
1944. His books about Colditz are what the Nova is a popular science television series produced by the Public Broadcasting Service. Seen in more than 100 countries, Nova is the most-watched science television series in the world. It is also one of televisions most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many...
Nova TV show "Nazi Prison Escape" was based upon.
Colditz: The German Story Translated and edited by Howard Gee. New York: Norton, 1961.
Escape From Colditz: 16 First-Hand Accounts Compiled by Reinhold Eggers. Edited by John Watton. London: Robert Hale, 1973.
Nazi Prison Escape (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/naziprison/) - PBS Episode
ReinholdEggers, who was promoted from duty officer to chief of security at Colditz Castle in 1944, served on the prison's staff for longer than anyone else, from November1940 until the end of the war in April1945.
In his book, which we excerpt here with permission, Eggers chronicled dozens of escape attempts in an admiring, almost tongue-in-cheek manner.
Far from the stereotype of the harsh, heel-clicking Nazi officer, Eggers comes across as an avuncular, highly likeable fellow, like a schoolteacher who is more amused than angered by his charges.
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