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    • Then and Now

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows two images, the first, a bombardier in an American B-17 airplane, and the second, a miserable prisoner of war who appears to be drinking. Mitchener is contrasting the two, and writes, "Then...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege Klarion

    • This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows two different images. The first is an eagle with a ball and chain on its feet. A banner, "Kriege Klarion," is pictured below the eagle, and the words, "To preserve the democratic, its...
    • 1944-1945
    • 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
    • Church 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...
    • 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
    • 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
    • News Room

    • This page includes a drawing of a newsroom. Mitchener has drawn a world map that is posted on a blackboard. Underneath the title, "News Room," he has listed three categories: "Latest News," "From the Front," and "Kriege Rules." The "Latest News"...
    • 1944-1945
    • Then there's our theatre

    • 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...
    • 1944-1945
    • Kriege's Lament

    • 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...
    • 1944-1945
    • Christmas Eve

    • 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...
    • 1944-1945
    • Our Creed

    • 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.
    • 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
    • Comrade to Freedom

    • 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.
    • 1944-1945
    • Trees

    • 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...
    • 1944-1945
    • Brass

    • 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.
    • 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

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