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The Colditz Myth by S.P. Mackenzie
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Aug 01, 10

bookshelves: history-ww-ii
Read from July 29 to August 01, 2010

More than fifty years after WW II, the Colditz Myth is surprisingly alive. Mackenzie seems to agree with my theory that a lot of that has to do with Reid's tone in his book, which is kind of like the ultimate posh boarding school story, only set against war, and real.

Reading Reid against Eggers' later version has always been interesting to me for a number of reasons. Mackenzie sets the two accounts against a wider examination of the treatment of POWs in WW II, and how people have reconsidered the facts down the decades since, marked every 20 years or so by movies that tend to reflect the times they were made as much as the original facts.
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