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Stalag POW Camp Sagan

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Part of the STALAG POW camp in Sagan, now Zagan, as it looked in 1942.

Scans of three original photographs of life at the World War Two Stalag Prisoner of War camp in Sagan (Zagan). Sagan was then part of the Germany but at the end of the war became part of Germany and was renamed Zagan.

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A theatre production put on by prisoners at the camp in Sagan (Zagan), c.1943.

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Stalag Luft III was a Luftwaffe-run prisoner-of-war camp during World War II that housed captured air force servicemen. It was in the German province of Lower Silesia near the town of Sagan (now Żagań in Poland), 100 miles south-east of Berlin. The site was selected because of the sandy soil and therefore difficulty to escape from by tunneling.

The camp is probably best known for the famous prisoner escapes that took place. One of these escapes was depicted in the 1960s film The Great Escape starring Steve McQueen, James Garner and Richard Attenborough.

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German soldiers and prisoners of war at a burial in the camp cemetery in 1942.

Great Escape

Great Escape

A poster for the 1963 film about an escape from Sagan by Allied prisoners of war during World War II

A movie poster for the Great Escape film based on the escapes from the Stalag Luft Prisoner of War Camp in Sagan (Zagan). Although at that time this was part of Germany it is now part of Poland.

Related: the nearby First World POW camp in Crossen / Krosno.