• Vasilis Vourkoutiotis


At first glance, the field of prisoner-of-war history, especially with regard to the Second World War, may strike one as cluttered with innumerable writings. Many articles and memoirs await the interested reader. Likewise, in the area of popular culture, many films and television programs and series were produced after the close of hostilities in 1945; the plight of the prisoner-of-war has been raised to heroic levels, as in Stalag 13, as well as lowered to the level of farce, as in Hogan’s Heroes.


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    See for instance Diether Cartellieri, “Erinnerungsveranderungen und Zeitabstand — Ein Beitrag zum Problem der Erinnerungsleistungen in Abhangigkeit vom Behaltensintervall,” in Erich Maschke, ed., Die deutschen Kriegsgefangenen des Zweiten Weltkriegs: Eine Zusammenfassung (Munich: Verlag Ernst und Werner Gieseking, 1974). [Band XV of the multivolume series, ed. Erich Maschke, Zur Geschichte der deutschen Kriegsgefangenen des Zweiten Weltkrieg (Munich: Verlag Ernst und Werner Gieseking, 1962–74), hereafter referred to as the Maschke Series.]Google Scholar
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    Arthur A. Durand, Stalag Luft III: The Secret Story (Baton Rouge, LA: Lousiana State University Press, 1988).Google Scholar
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    Colonel George C. Lewis and Captain John Mewha, Department of the Army Pamphlet no. 20–213: History of Prisoner of War Utilization by the United States Army 1776–1945 (Washington DC: Government Printing Office, 1955). Despite the sweeping range indicated in the title, this volume focuses mostly on the use of German prisoners of war in the United States during the Second World War.Google Scholar
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  • Vasilis Vourkoutiotis
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  1. 1.University of OttawaCanada

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