a bit of history first
"From 1939 - 1945 Colditz Castle becomes a prisoner of war camp for Allied officers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth, France, Belgium, Holland and Poland. The official name of the camp is "OFLAG IV C" and it is claimed that the castle is escape-proof. However, prisoners succeed in making their escape over 30 occasions despite the rocky crags on which the castle stands, the barbed-wire fences, the numerous guards and the searchlights" excerpt from
|the train station where prisoners would have arrived
|we head through town and toward the castle
|Colditz town square. anyone who thought it would be warmer in the castle was wrong!
|site of one escape attempt, through the theater's stage floor
|and another, through a basement store room
|and out this very small hole
|one can get an idea of the steep drops surrounding the castle
|view of the former hunting park below, used as a sport area for prisoners. guess what, some successful escapes took place from there!
|one escape route, through a shaft in the wall
|the views were great
|with the knowledge we could leave