Book Review

Colditz: Snobbery, anti-Semitism and heroism in a castle full of POWs

A fascinating account of life in Colditz, the German World War II prison camp, reveals that it wasn’t all derring-do and brave attempts to escape

Colditz Castle, the World War II prisoner of war camp at Leipzig, East Germany: new book reveals the convoluted breakout plans of ingenious POWs incarcerated there

The Medieval castle at Colditz, 40 kilometres south east of Leipzig in eastern Germany, has long held a special place in the hearts of World War II history buffs and fans of the kind of Boy’s Own tales of bravery that spawned an entire industry of comics in the 1970s and 80s.

It was in Colditz that the Germans interned hundreds of allied POWs during the conflict, most of them officers who spent the majority ...