Stalag Luft III

Part XIII – The Next 50 Years


The trauma, anxiety, hunger, and, even more importantly, the fellowship of the POW experience were not quickly forgotten.

So the next fifty years were filled with the joys of reunions, the nostalgic returns to the scenes of combat or the camps, the finding and thanking of those who gave assistance, and even friendly meetings with former foes.

Some of these latter experiences were very heart-warming.

Cy Widen’s experience was a classic example as published in LIFE Apr 14, 1961


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