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

S. P. MacKenzie


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 English-speaking world. Made famous in print, on film, and through television, Colditz remains a potent symbol of key virtues-including ingenuity and perseverance against apparently overwhelming odds-that form part of the popular mythology surrounding the British war effort in World War II. Colditz has played a major role in shaping perceptions of the prisoner-of-war experience in Nazi Germany, an expe ... More

Keywords: Colditz, World War II, Nazi Germany, POW, Third Reich, popular myth, prisoner of war

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199203079
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199203079.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. P. MacKenzie, author
Professor of History at the University of South Carolina