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Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: a two-man glider made out of bed sheets and floorboards. Now a crack team of engineers and carpenters rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials to find out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded.
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PBSNOVA: Escape from Nazi Alcatraz DVD
 
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Colditz..all the "bad apples" in one big German basket!

By Put. W.G. Kirby

from Painesville, Ohio

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Escape from Nazi Alcatraz DVD:

The video is just fine. The fact that the story does not contain much in the way of American involvement - few American POWS were sent there -might be a disappointment to some viewers expecting another "Great Escape" story. One review even stated had there been more action at Colditz, a motion picture would have been made. THREE movies/mini-series/and made for TV movies WERE made centering on the escapes and escapades at Colditz Castle. The German officials, using incredible lack of reasoning...well, the Jerries WERE great at that...put Allied POWs who were guilty of multiple escape attempts at Colditz..much the same as they did at Stalag Luft III, site of the "Great Escape"! The guys in the Great Escape were 99% airforce crewmen shot down. Colditz internees were from every Allied branch of service, so we find a better cross-section of "Expert" escapers! And the Colditz group did do just that...there were
numerous escapes and attempts...that had to be more precisely planned and executed, since the guards were top of their form, and escapes were expected at Colditz more than at other POW compounds. There have been many British programs on Colditz. Here in the USA, too many viewers have perhaps been caught up in a Hollywood style escape story....Colditz had no Bruce Willis, Steve McQueen, or Clint Eastwood acting before the camera...it was full of desperate men on both sides doing their best to succeed in their duties. A story well worth the viewers consideration.
By the way...the guys at Colditz actually planned and build a GLIDER secretly to launch from the attic of the castle to fly across the castle walls and give two escapers a head start making for Switzerland! A panned 1970s TV movie told this story...albeit as an American plan! And no motorcycles to be seen anywhere!

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3.0

Not What You Might Think

By jim

from madison

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Comments about PBS NOVA: Escape from Nazi Alcatraz DVD:

I expected a type of thriller. It was more of a let-down than anything. Yet it was interesting in what the prisoners had wanted to try and do. Had it succeeded I'm sure someone would have made a movie of it such as the "Great Escape".

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