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    • Thoughts of One Far Better

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of a prisoner who is imagining a better place - a house to live in, rather than a German POW camp. Mitchener writes, "There are sundry others - space dictates - - and lack of...
    • 1944-1945
    • Food Acco

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the food supply area at the camp. On the top, he has written,"And any army travels on its stomach any stomach" On the counter, he has drawn a posted sign listing the specials of...
    • 1944-1945
    • Exit

    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the POWs departing the German prison camp. They have not been released, but rather, they are being relocated to another POW camp farther west because of the approaching Russians from the East. Mitchener has...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Shower Room

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the showers at the POW camp. On the top of the image, he has written, "For 'cleanliness is next to godliness.'" Underneath the drawing, he has mentioned that the shower room is...
    • 1944-1945
    • Somewhere There's Freedom

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of the Statue of Liberty. On the top of the page he has written,"Maybe not in reality - but in every dream - "Underneath this heading, he has drawn a picture of a man dreaming...
    • 1944-1945
    • 12 and 3 equals 15

    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows three more men being added to his POW camp quarters in room five, even though there is not enough space. Mitchener lists their names, which are John R. Hanzlik [Pennsylvania], John F. Hodges (Tennessee) and...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Heater

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of a group of prisoners who are passing time by playing cards. They are sitting next to a heating stove that, according to Mitchener, has a six-foot radius. He writes,"There's at...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Washroom

    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows three sinks in a bathroom at the POW camp. On the top of the page, he writes, "Pursuit of the daily 'facial'--" Underneath the picture, he has written, "'Thru these pipes pass the coldest water in Germany.'...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Address

    • This page in Mitchener's diary includes a drawing of an old ship, the "Santa Maria," on which he has written, "Promise of the Future." Underneath, he has drawn a picture of a prisoner on stage, Colonel Darr H. Alkire, C.O. Stalag Luft III, West...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege's Lament, continued

    • This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament" written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the American POWs to their mothers and families....
    • 1944-1945
    • The B-17, continued

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation of a poem called "The B-17," by POW D. Hughes. The poem is about the greatness of the B-17 bomber. A drawing of a B-17 bomber with the word,"Glory!" above it can also be...
    • 1944-1945
    • Prisoner's Prayer

    • This page is a poem,"Prisoner's Prayer." Mitchener notes that it was memorized by a POW from scratchings on the wall in a Vienna transition camp. The poem asks for God's protection for airmen facing "shell, flak, fire, and foe." He writes, in part,...
    • 1944-1945
    • Fighter Pilot, continued

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation from the previous page of a poem written by an African American POW, Hitchcock. Mitchener uses the word "colored" to describe him. The poem is called "Fighter Pilot" and is...
    • 1944-1945
    • Thus Passed Christmas

    • This page has a playing card, a Jack of Spades, pasted on it. Next to the card, Mitchener has written, "#11" and "Thus passed Christmas -- As typical as barbed wire -- The cutting of cards designates selection of Kriege present."
    • 1944-1945
    • Bars, Inc.

    • This page is a poem, "Bars, Inc." written by "Coyle" and dedicated to "Ivan - POW El Grande." The poem or song is about having a bar in every room of the house. Mitchener has drawn a small picture of a bar with a sign "Home Sweet Home" next to it....
    • 1944-1945
    • The Block

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of wooden barrack #170. Mitchener describes his quarters as including ten rooms, housing 8-14 men each. He writes,"Constructed of wood, plaster, and tarpaper - a few bolts - a...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege Rations

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the remainder of the song, "Thanks for the Memoires," which begins on the previous page of the diary. Another song, "Kriege Rations," is also shown. This song makes light of the fact that...
    • 1944-1945
    • The Food Closet

    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the food closet. A number of cups are hanging from the wall, and a pitcher is on the floor. Mitchener writes, "As you enter the room - life's sustinence (sic) compartment...The...
    • 1944-1945

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