The Colditz Myth

British and Commonwealth Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany
MacKenzie, S.P.
Date published: 
October 2004

For most prisoners of war in Nazi Germany, the experience of captivity was very different from the dramatic and exciting picture still commonly associated with Colditz. Drawing on first-hand accounts by hundreds of British and Commonwealth ex-POWs, along with thousands of official documents, S. P. Mackenzie goes beyond the popular mythology to present a vivid portrait of what it was really like to be a 'Kriegie'. Featuring the voices of the men themselves, The Colditz Myth explores both the triumphs and the trials and tribulations of POW life inside the Third Reich.