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Colditz: The German Story

Eggers, Reinhold

ISBN 10: 0709044763 / ISBN 13: 9780709044765
Published by Robert Hale, 1992
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Title: Colditz: The German Story

Publisher: Robert Hale

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Good

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This is an account of Colditz, the famous World War I POW camp, as seen from the German side. Reinhold Eggers, on staff there for the greater part of the war, relates how he discharged, with varying success, his duty of preventing escapes.


This is an amazing slant on the Colditz story and portrays a decent and humble man doing a difficult job in time of war. It was easy to emphasise with Hauptman Eggerts and appreciate the job he was doing, the British prisoners must have been a nightmare to look after and they were lucky to have a man like Eggerts working at the castle. A thoroughly good read about a thoroughly nice man and a brilliant look at the Colditz story having read everything else written by "our side". --Hairnicks

This was the first book about Colditz I ever read, and in many ways is still my favourite. It covers pretty much the whole story of Colditz PoW Camp, and shows how run ragged the German Guards really were. It has some memorably funny moments (especially the tale of Max and Moritz, who "filled in" on parades), some very sad moments, and some descriptions of escapes that are truly Gobsmacking - the Franz Josef attempt alone would be worth a novel. However, it needs to be read as a companion to other books such as "The Colditz Story" to really have full impact. --R. Weir

It's interesting to get the other perspective. The touches of wry humour help to give an insight into the author. Perhaps he assumes we already know a lot of the story from the "allied" side, but there are significant facts missing. The author may not know these; he was after all, an apparatchik. For our generation, a good read; for those born post-war, perhaps not. Perhaps not enough awareness shown of the captors' activities both at Colditz and beyond. --graylilly

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