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“The Great Escape”

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 17 September 2018 via mobile

We visited Stalag Lufthansa III prisoner of war camp in Zagan, Poland.
This camp was made famous by the movie, The Great Escape, this is where it happened.

It was stunning. The museum was really intersting, the staff helpful and informative.
We walked to the Harry tunnel which was a very profound experience.

I cannot recommend this experience any higher than as a must do.

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank duncanmxw
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Reviewed 5 September 2018

The museum is centred around the tunnel escapes, with frequent references to Hollywood, including the many inaccuracies of the film The Great Escape. I was more interested in everyday camp life, and found the hut reconstruction fascinating.
The staff are extremely helpful.
Unfortunately there is little about the overflow compound, Belaria, to the north of Zagan.
The remains of Stalag Luft III in the woods is a must-see stroll for any visitors.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Catarrhini
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Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Excellent museum with great guides. Very much enjoyed by the young and old in the party. You must make sure you visit the actual site of the stalag and see where and how long the actual escape tunnels were. The site of the actual camp is quite hard to find but not as hard as escaping from the camp. It is near to the museum but the museum is not based at the camp.

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank grittyhub
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Reviewed 16 August 2018

Poets must have designed the Stalag Luft III museum near Zagan, now in Poland but during the war in Germany’s Lower Silesia.
Side-by-side with the POW camp famed by The Great Escape, there was Stalag VIIIC. Nothing memorializes its existence except for a large sculpture of a dying human nearest public view from the road. Without protection of the Geneva Convention, underfed, denied medical attention, forced to do hard labour, Stalag VIIIC’s Russian POWs died by the hundreds, a truck collecting corpses each day.
My father was one of thousands of Allied air-crew officers favoured by Luftwaffe chief Hermann Göring as his personal prisoners in Stalag Luft III. I saw the fire pool where Dad spoke on Canada Day in 1943, and concrete floors of the cells where he did solitary confinement for two unsuccessful escapes. Only six of Stalag Luft III’s airmen died of natural causes during the war.
For all of Museum Director Marek Lazarz’s engaging staff and voluminous files of the camp’s history and its prisoners, all these years later, in the silence of a national forest, Stalag Luft III illumines humanity’s enduring struggle to be human.

Date of experience: April 2018
1  Thank KingsleyBrown
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Reviewed 7 August 2018

The museum is just to the south of the town of Zagen. It was very (embarrassing so) cheap to visit. The museum is not huge but there is plenty to look at including a model of the camp at the time of the escape.

As others have said there is an example of a hut with various items in it including examples of the air pump, stove, cart and rails they traveled on.

There was a guide who was explaining things to another couple. We met him by chance in the example hut. He told us, what we had not realised, and this is really important that the actual site of the camp is some 600 metres up the road towards Zagen and then turn right down a track for some 1000 metres.

There you will find a concrete track of the tunnel with the entrance and exit (with flower tributes at the time we went). In the surrounding woods you can see the very basic remains to some of the other huts. An example guard tower is by the track near to the tunnel exit.

Given the industrial site on the approach it seems a bit under rated by Poland but hopefully more visitors will boost funds to ensure this great and moving site is preserved. Go there!

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank WylieNorwich
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