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    • Then there's our theatre

    • Theaters; Theater curtains; Stairways; Stages (Platforms)
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of a stage, on which he has written, "Hereon have appeared backdrops - Remarkable in that they were constructed with very few materials...much ingenuity." Under productions, he...
    • 1945, January 12 - From Memel to Budapest

    • Tanks (Military science); Maps; Calendars
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the oncoming Russian advance into Poland and Germany in January 1945. It is captioned,"From Memel to Budapest" and "Uncle Joe Moves Again." The diarist has drawn a calendar with the date January 12 circled as...
    • Thanks for the Memories

    • Songs; Prisoners; Musical notation
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a song along with a tiny illustration of a soldier in prison. The song is called "Thanks for the Memories" and is attributed to L. G. Young, POW. The song is a parody and makes light of the...
    • Kriege Rations

    • Songs; Musical notation; Barbed wire
    • 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...
    • D. C. Van Weelden

    • Soldiers; Names
    • This page lists one contact name. Mitchener has written, "D. C. Van Weelden/Nyack, N.Y. (30 Mi. N of N.Y. in Hudson Valley). Contact concerning Alaska." The page has a cut-out piece of cardboard with Lt. Mitchener's name on it. In addition to his...
    • A Corner of the Library

    • Shelving; Books; Libraries
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the library at the POW camp. On the top of the page, he has written,"For a little learning is a dangerous thing." Underneath this, he has drawn a picture of books on shelves and...
    • Evacuation

    • Rooms & spaces; Evacuations; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's diary shows the barracks as they appeared on January 27, 1945, after a rapid evacuation of the POW camp. The picture shows the interior of a room with everything in disarray. He writes,"As result [sic] on a cold Sat. P.M....
    • Busy Corner

    • Privies; Bathrooms; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the toilet facilities at the camp. On the top of the page, he has written, "The Germans had a name for it. 'Abort' ---" Underneath the drawing, he has written, "Busy Corner (3...
    • Comrade to Freedom

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Hands; Ball & chain
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a short poem called "Comrade to Freedom." The poem observes that men who have never been in bondage do not truly understand the joys of freedom.
    • The B-17, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Bombers
    • 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...
    • To each man...High Flight

    • Poetry; Barbed wire; Bombers
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem called "High Flight," written by Pilot Officers John J. McGee, Eagle Squadron, killed in action. The poem is about the joy of flying.
    • Mothers' Sons, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This is the last page of "Mothers' Sons," a poem about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who will never see...
    • Fighter Pilot, continued

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • 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...
    • The B-17

    • Poetry; Barbed wire
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem called "The B-17," by POW D. Hughes. The poem is about the greatness of the B-17 bomber.
    • Mother's Sons

    • Poetry
    • This page is a poem, "Mothers' Sons," about the sons who don't make it home after the war and the ones who do. Mitchener is aware of his own luck to have survived his air missions, but sympathetic to those mothers who never see their sons again....
    • Fighter Pilot

    • Poetry
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows 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 about the role and importance of fighter...
    • The First Package from Home

    • Labels
    • This item, a shipping or mailing label, has been taped in Mitchener's diary. It indicates that a package was sent to Mitchener from his mother, Estelle F. Mitchener, of Nashville, Tennessee. The label has a stamp from a U. S. Censor. In his diary...
    • Exit

    • Evacuations; Barbed wire; Prisoners; Fences
    • 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...

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