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    • Our Creed

    • Barbed wire; Poetry
    • Mitchener wrote this poem in his diary during his stay at a German POW camp. The poem,"Our Creed," explores his ideas and feelings about being a prisoner of war.
    • German POWs

    • War casualties; Prisoners of war; Guards; Horses; Cavalry; Horse artillery; War; World War, 1914-1918
    • Pictured are German military personnel who are prisoners of war following the American drive on the Hindenburg Line. These German POW's are walking along while carrying stretchers containing their wounded. Their guards are riding on horseback.
    • Church Services

    • Programs; Holidays; Religious services
    • This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes a dedication page that reads, "The Senior American Officer extends very cordial season's greetings to all officers and men under his...
    • Christmas Eve

    • Programs; Holidays; Christmas carols
    • This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes the lyrics to "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." The program lists carols performed by the "troubador group" on...
    • Theatre Entertainment

    • Programs; Holidays; Theatrical productions; Christmas carols
    • This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes the lyrics to "Silent Night" and a schedule of the theatrical entertainment from Dec. 20-Dec. 23. Some of the events include "Holiday...
    • Kriege's Lament

    • Poetry
    • This page (and the following three pages) features 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 home of the American POWs to their...
    • Brass

    • Military officers
    • This page features a list of signatures from the "Brass," the POWs who were military officers at Stalag Luft III along with Mitchener. The previous page includes autographs of the other men who were in the POW camp.
    • 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...
    • The Cook Shack

    • Barracks; Tree stumps; Barbed wire; Fences
    • This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of several POW barracks within the camp. He has written, "An important item on the top of the page. Below is his drawing of the camp, "The Cook Shack." He includes information...
    • The Address

    • Barbed wire; Ships; Military personnel; Prisoners; Public speaking
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • The Washroom

    • Barbed wire; Bathrooms
    • 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.'...
    • Thoughts of One Far Better

    • Barbed wire; Prisoners; Houses; Fantasy
    • 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...
    • Trees

    • Barbed wire; Trees; Fences; Tree stumps; Buildings
    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of a tree as well as a number of tree stumps, all within the POW camp boundaries. He writes, "Around the compound - approximately a dozen...Trees. About the Reich, 'tis...
    • Somewhere There's Freedom

    • Barbed wire; Torches; Sculpture; Heads (Anatomy); Reflections; Crowns; Fantasy
    • 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...

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