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“Sunday visit to camp”

Stalag Luft III Prisoner Camp Museum
Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Zagan
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Owner description: POW Camps Museum was built in 1971. It commemorates POW camps set up in Zagan (German Sagan) during WW2. One of them was infamous Stalag Luft 3 for allied airmen known from the mass breakout of 76 prisoners in 1944. The event was immortalized in the 1963 film “The Great Escape”.
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

This is historical walk dedicated especially to jung generation. Tower, Harry tunel, exhibicion strongly recommended.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank t0mki2
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Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

Marek, our English tour guide, was engaging and very knowledgeable. The museum is very well set up. Thoroughly enjoyed the tour and the museum. Thanks Marek for your enthusiasm! We, family of 3 (mum, dad and 11 year old son), thought the trip to the museum camp in Zagan, Poland, was well worth it!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank joeyyobbo
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

We were part of a coach tour, I found the museum to be so interesting, seeing the remains of the camp and ‘Harry’ was just bringing the whole ‘great escape’ story to life.
We also stopped at the nearby cemetery.
Very moving.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sozlovesholisays
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Reviewed 29 May 2018

The museum has added a number of artifacts that have been donated since I was last there. Just as good as it was. We then went to Harry in the woods about 1 mile away and also see where the resevoir was and also the hospital. Finally a visit to the memorial for the men that were shot by the Gestapo.

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed 28 May 2018

Well worth the time and effort, particularly if you have any knowledge or connection with Stalag Luft II's role in WWII. My father, a USAAF B-17 co-pilot, spent 8 months there after being shot down in a May, 1944 raid over Berlin. I have been to his Holland crash site and wanted to complete his journey with a visit to his POW camp in order to share it with my siblings and children. It's magnificent that this place has been preserved through the efforts of many so as to perpetuate the memory of those like my father who suffered here and survived the war, as well as for those like the Great Escapees who made the ultimate sacrifice. The museum is small, but has good exhibits and several reconstructed buildings. The real benefit is with the staff, who are enthusiastic about their role and sharing it with visitors. Marek spent several hours with me, found the records indicating the hut where my father lived, and accompanied me as we walked the grounds where Hut 171 was located in the former West Compound. The actual area of the camp has been much used over the years as a military training ground, but foundation ruins still exist. If you have a good map of the camp or the Bob Neary sketches, you can understand the layout and gain a real understanding of what the POWs faced --particularly the omnipresent pine woods that surround the area. The museum's exhibits on the March 1944 Great Escape are also well conceived, and you can really appreciate the effort the brave men faced in digging their tunnel and hiding their efforts from their captors. With the aid of the museum staff, I was also able to retrace the "Death March" my rather and other POWs faced in January 1945 and drive the route from what is now Poland into Germany. A museum's role is to create an accurate and meaningful understanding of the past -- this museum fulfills that role admirably.

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank temeraire53
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