Saturday, May 03, 2014

Stalag Luft 3 Art and Craft before The Great Escape

As a devotee of The Antiques Roadshow I am often presented on my television screen with artworks from the trenches of WW1 or POW craft work from the Napoleonic wars right up to the Twentieth Century. The above is my favourite from a small collection of photographs showing an NCO's Arts and Crafts Exhibition at Stalag Luft 3 during WW2, famous as the scene of The Great Escape, and it strikes me that all these amazing artworks and objects might still be floating around somewhere, perhaps in Germany, like the ones that turn up on The Roadshow here in the UK: traded with a guard, given as a present to a German visitor, left behind at the end of the war and acquired somehow...

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