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Sep 19 16 9:09 AM

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Some sketches dad brought back of the POW camp he was in during WWII - Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, Germany.  There were several different compounds in the same camp.  Dad was shot down on Jan 30, 1944 and arrived by train at the camp and was booked in on Feb 14, '44.  He was in the main compound assigned to block 11, room 10 where he stayed until Dec 30, 1944.  Then they marched Dad and some of the other men further up north on the peninsula to the North 3 compound, where he was in block 307, room 13 until the Russians liberated the camp in early May, 1945.  Dad was finally evacuated from the camp on May 13, 1945 and shipped back home.

I have no idea who drew the imaginary aerial view.  The other sketches of the camp look like dad's work.  They had a lot of free time to spend in the camp and Dad most likely traded cigarettes, chocolate or some other item that came in the Red Cross parcels to pay some other POW to draw it for him.

This camp was primarily officers and they were usually treated better than many of the other enlisted POWs.   Dad always said that while things were far for good, they were treated fairly up until Hitler realized he had lost.  Food was scarce for even the Germans and the Germans at the camp began withholding the Red Cross parcels for themselves - and the POWs began starving during the last 3 months.  Dad said they were all pretty emaciated by the time the camp was liberated.

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