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Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives

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2 February 2024 to 21 July 2024 The National Archives

Artwork shows a watchtower with a searchlight and barbed wire fence, evoking a prison camp setting. It is dusk with a dramatic sky. Text reads Great Escapes: Remarkable Second World War Captives and The National Archives logo is in the top right corner.
Illustration by Paul Blow

From famous escape attempts such as the escape from Stalag Luft III that we know as “the Great Escape” and British officer Airey Neave’s escape from Colditz Castle dressed as a German solider, to remarkable stories of individuals seeking escape through art, music and finding love, the exhibition offers glimpses of the courage and ingenuity that is possible in desperately hard times.

Great Escapes is a major new exhibition at The National Archives in Kew exploring the human spirit in times of captivity during the Second World War. It reveals iconic and under-told escape stories of prisoners of war and civilian internees. Open from 2 February to 21 July 2024, the exhibition is free to visit and open Tuesday – Sunday.

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