Editor/Printing and Mailing Elodie Caldwell 2731 TERRY AVE LONGVIEW WA 98632 4437 email@example.com Treasurer Bret Job 2801 SW 46 th ST CAPE CORAL FL 33914 6026 firstname.lastname@example.org Webmaster Bill Caldwell 2731 TERRY AVE LONGVIEW WA 98632 4437 webmaster @oflag64.us Contributors to this issue Cindy & Glenn Burgess Tom Cobb Susanna Connaughton Jan Daniluk Janet Ellsworth David Glendinning Bret Job Lynn Kanaya Rosa Lee Marlene McAllister Taylor McAllister Ted Roggen Dave Stewart Pat Waters Nancy Wyatt Mar iusz Winiecki email@example.com We apologize to any others we may have overlooked but thank everyone who has contacted us. TIME TO CHANGE IT UP A LITTLE Dear Oflag 64 Association Family, One of the most constant things in life is change. We change what we do, how we do it, when we do it, and why we do it many times throughout our lives. That being said, our thought is that it's now time for the ITEM to change somewhat as well. Beginning with this ITEM, the same types of information included in past issues only condensed, will occupy the 1 st section of each issue and will then be followed in the 2 nd section by Oflag 64 Advisory Council and Hall of Remembrance project information (which f ollows the Publications section ). Our goal is to keep everyone informed the best way possible, so please continue to send information that would be useful and of interest to our Oflag 64 Association Family. Please also feel free to send us your suggest ions for other changes or additions to the ITEM as well as to our website which can be found at www.oflag64.us Presently there is much in the works regarding the "Hall of Remembrance". Barracks #9, the remaining bar racks on the grounds, has officially been transferred to Gmina Szubin (the town of Szubin) and has been designated a NATIONAL MEMORY site. With this transfer, the project can now move forward at a faster rate. We will keep you informed of progress as ti me goes by through this ITEM. See more Hall of Remembrance information beginning on page 14 of this issue In mid September, a delegation of Oflag 64 family members will travel to Warsaw to meet with the advisor to the Polish President, Professor Zyberto wicz, as well as with representatives from the US Embassy in Warsaw. The goal is to provide greater awareness of the camp and to gain support of the Hall of Remembrance project. One interesting bit of news: In early August, a Polish historian who produc es a TV show for Poland's history channel about recent historical discoveries, and who has a ground penetrating device, volunteered his time and located what are thought to be two tunnels that were dug by British POWs who were in the camp before it became Oflag 64. Tunnels dug by Americans have not yet been found but the search is still on. Stay tuned. We are excited about these projects. If you would like to become involved, please let us know. We would love your support. Best to you, Elodie and Bil l Caldwell ITEM Editor and Webmaster 3 3 3 r r r d d d q q q u u u a a a r r r t t t e e e r r r 2 2 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 8 8
2 A A A l l l i i i t t t t t t l l l e e e c c c o o o m m m p p p a a a n n n y y y b b b u u u s s s i i i n n n e e e s s s s s s I f you have anything to submit for print in the ITEM, please contact Elodie at the contact address on the front page of this publication. If you send photos, digital scans of original photos or anything that can be sent i n .jpg format that works great. If you are unable to scan photos, I would be glad to scan the originals and send them back to you. Documents can also be sent in .pdf format. Thank you very much. Also, if you notice errors or omissions, or find links that don't work properly, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for your patience with this sometimes slow process. SAVE THOSE ARTIFACTS Now that the Hall of Remembrance project is moving forward, the US Oflag 64 Advisory Council is req uesting that you save Oflag 64 memorabilia (war logs, photos, dog tags, clothing, and other such artifacts) and consider donating them to the future Hall of Remembrance displays. We're currently in the process of establishing collection points that will keep items safe, clean, dry, protected from weather and critters and are putting together an inventory sheet to catalog each item donated. We'll let you know when and where to send them as soon as we can. Thanks to those who have committed items to this project already. Keep them safe until we're ready to collect them. Let us know if you have questions or concerns by contacting me. Thank you all for your support of this historical project. Best to you, Elodie Caldwell email@example.com Postage F und Donors THANKS to those who generously donate to the postage, reunion, or Hall of Remembrance funds. We appreciate your thoughtful contributions to any of these funds. Judith and Mark Fletcher Rosa Lee Harold Leigh The Loos/Becker Family Leonard and C olette Schrank If you would like to contribute to a specific fund, please make your check payable to Oflag 64 Postage Fund write the intended fund on the memo line, and mail your donation to: Bret Job or Elodie Caldwell 2801 SW 46 th St 2731 Terry Ave Cape Coral FL Longview WA 33914 6026 98632 4437 You can also donate online through VENMO (like PayPal) if you have an account. Handheld devices do not work. Please ask us for details.
3 H appy Birthday to our Amazing Kriegy Patriots and Heroes!! ( new ones and some we missed earlier this year ) Happy Belated Birthday to Ed Graf January 27 96 years Happy Belated Birthday to John R. Rodgers, Sr. February 9 95 years Happy Belated Birthday to F. Eugene Liggett February 1 9 98 years Happened Recently Wilbur Sharpe June 24 96 years Coming Up Jimmie Kanaya October 3 98 years Coming Up Sidney Thal October 3 100 years Please let us know Kriegy a ges and birthdates so we can wis h all a well deserved HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Send birthday pictures too!
4 MAIL CALL is changing too. It will now contain prima rily requests for information answers to queries and new information from members of our Oflag 64 Association Family ( with little or no comment in this section from me other than a request to respond to me if you have information to share ). Postage Fund Donors will continue to be acknowledged in the Postage Fund Section on the previous page A big Thank You to the numerous people who contact us each month. Lynn Kanaya, wife of Kriegy Jimmie Kanaya, sent us a link to a wonderful story about Jimmie that a ppeared in a publication by the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties This is the link: https://www.ymcapkc.org/ystories/story/jimmie k/ See Jimmie's accompanying photo in the Kriegy News a nd Information section. Lynn wrote that Jimmie is wo rking towards 100 years of age (He is nearly 98 .) She also mentioned that for the story he wrote about how the Y sent sports equipment and about the value of physical fitness that kept him going duri ng the long march. He is in good spirits and looks forward to going out for a good buffet. He did a pod cast last fall about his POW experience. We have the link to that podcast. Ann e Hoskot Kreutzer, daughter of the late Kriegy Nathaniel R. Hoskot, ha s been researching the D Day of her father and would like more information. This is the story. Part of the 82nd A/B, he was re assigned a few days before D Day to jump as a liaison with a stick from the 101st which was carrying in some of Gen Taylor's co mmunication equipment. I believe his plane took off from Welford, in southern England. Off course, they jumped about 0125 on June 6, and he and 6 7 others were captured later on D Day. I am trying to figure out where he landed, and where he was captured. His unmarked POW convoy of 150 men left from around Etienville the next day and after a couple of hours was strafed three times by Allied planes, resulting in the deaths of 19 American POWs, many from the 82nd's 508 PIR. Dad and some of the other officers in the convoy ended up in OFLAG 64 mid July among them were 2nd Lt Adam B. Young and 1st Lt. Charles R. Hughes, who are listed in our database." Lynn Meltesen, daughter of the late Kriegy Clarence Meltesen, has a few more copies of her dad's book "Road s to Liberation". If you would like a copy, she would be happy to pay shipping to get the book to you. Please contact Elodie for contact information. Toni Re a vis, son of the late Kriegy Isham Re a vis, responded to our request for contact after we found s ome articles he wrote about his dad. This is a brief story about his dad. After my dad escaped from the forced march out of Oflag 64, he and his buddy made their way toward Russia in search of an American mission to repatriate. But on February 14th in L ublin, Poland he met a member of the Polish Home Army, and eleven days later they were married. Quite a coda to his stay at Oflag 64 as they stayed married 64 years. Pop was also repatriated through Odessa after marrying Mom. She spent most of 1945 tryin g to escape Soviet occupied Poland in her attempt to reach Pop in St. Louis, Missouri. It's quite a story. Pop was born 11 Oct. 1911 in Falls City, Nebraska and died 10 May 2010 in St. Louis. Mom preceded him on April 20, 2009, though born 10 years after h im on 4 Nov. 1921. He spent his career as a gemologist for the major jewelry store in St. Louis, but remained in the Army reserves after the war until mid 1970s, reaching the grade of Lt. Colonel. He earned a silver star for the battle north of the Po Vall ey in Italy in September 1944 that led to his capture. [I have included] a mock up cover of a book I've written about my parents (Bisia is the Polish equivalent of Betty, as her maiden name was Elsbieta Krasicka). The picture was the only one taken at the time of their wedding. I am looking for a publisher. Ted Roggen Kriegy, after reading of our request for Oflag 64 artifacts, sent us his small YMCA diary. See the Kriegy News and Information section for more information.
5 Gordon Valentin e, grandson of the late Kriegy John Lewis Peyton is looking for information about his grandfather's war experiences, in particular, his time as a POW. John was captured at the Battle of Kasserine Pass in Tunisia in February 1943. Gordon has heard from a few folks already but if you have information to share, please let us know. NEW CONTACTS Claire Anderson granddaughter of a POW I am a PhD student at George Mason University. I saw your story in the Washington Post article that was published today, and I wanted to reach out...I'm not sure why, exactly, other than the fact that I was incredibly moved by your efforts. I currently study how collective memory impacts post conflict policy making, particularly in the Balkans, and understanding why and how people from later generations work to preserve the memories of the experiences of those that came before them is so important to me. My own grandpa was a PoW in Europe during WWII and was held in a camp in Germany after his capture during the Battle of the Bulge He never really opened up to us about his experience, but he shared his story with a university oral history project in Minnesota before he passed away. I am so moved by your efforts and I was wondering if there was any way that I could work with and lea rn from your work. Is there a way that I could volunteer my research or writing skills, or in some other way contribute to and support? I would love to come to future meetings and just learn from your experiences I feel so compelled to reach out. I under stand there may not be any such opportunity, but wanted to check just in case. Thank you so much for your work and your efforts it's so important and so moving to me, as the granddaughter of a PoW. Hugh Drescher, film producer Interested in making a sh ort documentary about Oflag 64 Eileen, cousin of the late Kriegy Oscar J. H. Thomas My Cousin, Oscar J.H. Thomas was in that POW camp. He wrote a book that had some memories of the camp and his escape. He had two brothers in the war and one also escaped f rom the POW camp he was in. Oscar and his brother met up after their respective es capes. My dad, Roy Thomas and Un cle Ted Thomas were Oscar's uncles who also served in WWII. Stephen Gunn Leonard W. Schrank How do I donate to your museum? I'd l ike to make a donation. John Howell, son of the late Kriegy Charles H. Howell, Jr. Thank you for your website. My father, Charles H. Howell Jr., was a POW at Oflag 64 after he was captured at the Bulge. He was "liberated" by the Soviets, meaning he either stayed behind in the escape tunnel as the Red Army approached or escaped the German column. Although he is listed in your database, he is not listed among those who have passed away. He died in 1996. He was a lifelong baseball fan and I'm guessing he was in some of your baseball photos. Thanks again for your website. Bob MacArevey, son of the late Kriegy James J. MacArevey Dad left the forced march out of OFLAG 64 on the second night. I have a transcript of his presentation to my niece's middle school cla ss in 1989. I'd like to provide it to the website. Eric L. Ritchie Please add me to your mailing list. Ann Rogers, niece of the late Kriegy Frank N. Aten My name is Ann Rogers and Frank N. Aten was my uncle my mother's brother. What a wonderful Texan he was. We connected at a family gathering years ago and I learned that notes about his experiences as a POW were floating around the family. For the next two years, we met and as he dictated, we put these experiences into a reading format which became a b ook he entitled THE NAME ON THE WALL. Unfortunately, he died in 1987, but was able to see the final draft before he died. Anyway, using your format, I am able to tell you that his POW# was 4166 No 5 Company, that he arrived at Oflag 64 on 9 June 1943. He w as initially captured at Faid Pass Tunisia. He was truly an escape artist as he escaped from the Germans 5 tim es liberated by the Russians. Many thanks for making this information available.
6 This photo (right) was sent by Marlene McAllister, da ughter of the late Kriegy Bob Thompson. Pictured are four previous ITEM Editors. Standing from l r are: Bob Thompson, Herb Garris, Frank Diggs and seated is John Slack. What a legacy t hey left!! We honor them still. This photo (left) is the o ne that accompanied the YMCA article about Kriegy Jimmie Kanaya referred to earlier in this ITEM. This little hand held war diary (right) provided by the YMCA accompanied Kriegy Ted Roggen on his journeys while a POW during his war years. The se photos (left) were sent by John Glendinning. They are monetary notes signed by other Kriegies and are part of his dad's collection. Amazing memorabilia. K K K R R R I I I E E E G G G Y Y Y N N N E E E W W W S S S & & & I I I N N N F F F O O O R R R M M M A A A T T T I I I O O O N N N
7 We're excited to let you know that American Games will retur n to Oflag 64 Sportplatz pinch hitting for the Oflag 64 Living History that had to be postponed earlier this year. It will be a festiv e event with American tunes from the past playing throughout the day Please check the program below. If you were orig inally planning to attend the 2 nd annual Living History reenactment for this year, please don't cancel your plans. Instead, plan to attend the Oflag 64 Sport Day. You won't be disappointed. When: Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 2 pm to approximately 5 pm Program: Demonstration of American football by Archers Bydgoszcz ( http://www.archers football.pl/ https://www.facebook.com/BydgoszczArc hers/ American football tournaments for the Mayor of Szubin Cup Demonstration of soft ball/baseball by D!by Osielsko ( http://debyosielsko.pl/baseball/ https://www.facebook.com/debyosielsko/ Horseshoe Tournament organized by TKKF Szubin Outdoor Exhibition by Szubin Muzeum: "Sports in Szubin POW camps 1940 1944" Club of Photography Lovers "Flesz" exhibition "Oflag 64. Picture s from Lives of American POWs" (photos from Reenactment 2017) Exhibition of st udents' works presenting Szubin POW camps. Showing of the 2017 Reenactment footage Skill games for children First Aid training from Szubin's V olunteer Fire Brigade
8 John A. Albree 1928 ~ 2016 John Allen Albree LTC, US Army (Ret), Aide de C amp to General John K. Waters died on Friday, October 14, 2016 at the age of 88 at Tryon Estates. LTC Albree was born September 20, 1928 in Boston, MA, the son of the late Grace Mara and George Norman Albree. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis H. Albree of Tryon Estates, Columbus, NC. The complete obituary was p ublished in Spartanburg Herald Journal from Oct. 23 to Oct. 24, 2016 S ee more at : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/spartanburg/ob ituary.aspx?n=john allen albree&pid=182065692&fhid=26860 William "Pat" Dohoney 1923 ~ 2018 Dr. William "Pat" Dohoney 94, of Carlisle, and formerly of Mechanicsburg, passed away on Wednesday, M ay 2, 2018 at Cumberland Crossings Retirement Community, Carlisle. Pat was born on October 23, 1923 in Harrisburg. He was the son of the late William D. and Eva E. (Selheimer) Dohoney. Pat was a POW Veteran (Hammelburg) of the US Army. During his mili tary service he was awarded the Prisoner of War Medal, a Purple Heart, and a Bronze Star. He was also an officer in the US Air Force and served both domestically and abroad. He is survived by his wife, Josephine M. (Straley) Dohoney, of Carlisle; a daught er, Susan L. Elicker and her husband Dan, of Camp Hill; a granddaughter, Danielle Rosensweig and her husband Dr. Jon, of Delray Beach, FL; and two great granddaughters, Addison and Alexis Rosensweig. The complete obituary was published on Pennlive.com an d in The Patriot News from May 5 to May 6, 2018. See more at: http://obits.pennlive.com/obituaries/pennlive/obit uary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=18892887 3 https://cumberlink.com/lifestyles/announcements /obituaries/dr william pat dohoney/article_ 45582e62 ce60 5850 8e0a 214d884baf22.html Samuel N. Hodges, Jr. 1922 ~ 2018 Sam N. Hodges Jr. 95, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family on July 26, 2018. Sam, an Atlanta native, was born on Sept. 16, 1922, the son of Sam N. Hodges Sr. a nd Marian Wells Hodges. Sam was a World War II veteran, where he earned two bronze stars two purple heart s and the combat infantry badge. Sam is predeceased by his parents, Marian and Sam N. Hodges Sr.; his wif e Anita; his daughter Adele (Dell) Hodges Curlee; his sister Caroline Hodges Roberts and her husband L. Marvin Roberts Jr.; and many cousins. Sam is survived by four children: Nan Eberly (husband Ray); Sam (Butch) Hodges III (wife Linda); Pam Jones (husba nd Ed); and Jane Hodges; six grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. The complete obituary was p ublished in the gainesvilletimes.com on Aug. 7, 2018 S ee more at : https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/gainesvilletim es/obituary.aspx?page=lifestory&pid=18983260 2 T T T A A A P P P S S S
9 Isham Reavis 1911 ~ 2010 Isham Reavis o f St. Louis, Missouri, died on Monday May 10, 2010 at the age of 98. Dearest husband of the late Elzbieta Krasicka Reavis; beloved father of Teresa (Peter) Wetzel, Toni (Toya) Reavis, and Marek Reavis; dear grandfather of seven; great grandfather of ten. Retired Lt. Col., USAR, served with distinction during WWII, awarded the Silver Star for gallantry in action. The complete obituary was p ublished in the St. Louis Post Dispatch on May 16, 2010 See more at: https://www. legacy.com/obituaries/stltoday/obitu ary.aspx?n=isham reavis&pid=142791309 Isham Reavis Obituary #58A72DC George J. Rosenthal 1925 ~ 2018 George J. Rosenthal 93, of Oldsmar passed away May 14, 2018. He was born on April 27, 1925 in Amityville, NY. A decorated WWII Army veteran, George was the recipient of two Purple Hearts and many other medals. Survivors include his loving wife of 15 years, Arl ene; children, Laurie (David) Harmer, Nancy (David) Jensen, Dan (Pam) Rosenthal, Lisa (Joel) Levinson, Elaine (John) Schaefer, and Alec (Donna) Paul; and several grandchildren and great grandchildren. See more at: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/tam pa fl/george rosenthal 7850304 Harry A. Thompson 1914 ~ 2011 Harry A. Thompson 97, of Wolfe City died Aug. 2, 2011, at Legend Healthcare of Greenville following a two month illness. Born May 5, 1914, in Dallas, he was the son of Henry A. and Audry Hathaway Thompson. He married Virginia M. Wiley on Sept. 12, 1944, in Rockwall. Mr. Thompson served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a POW at H ammelburg Surviving are a daughter, Pamela London and fiancÂŽ Tim London, and granddaughters Jessica London, Monica London and Katy London and fiancÂŽ Tony Castro. His wife preceded him in death. See more at: http://www.owensandsonfh.com/obituary/122889 5 Gloria Heisler 2017 Gloria Heisler 89 of Providence passed peacefully in her sleep on Sunday, December 3rd, 2017. She was a daughter of the late Florence (Nane) Simmons, beloved w ife of the late Kriegy W. Chris Heisler, loving mother of Jill Heisler and her husband Joseph Stand of Florida, Walter Hei sler, and the late Jack Heisler. See more at : https://obittree.com/obituary/us/rhode island/woonsocket/berarducci funeral home -cremation care center/gloria heisler/3363136/
10 Evelyn F. Korber 1921 ~ 2018 Evelyn F. Korber 96, of Cheyenne died Jan. 29 at her home. She was born Feb. 24, 1921. She was the wife of the late Kriegy William B. Korber and is survived by a daughter, Mary Mason (Jim) of Neola, Iowa; two sons, Robert and Michael Korber, both of Cheyenne; nine grandchildre n, Tracey, Deborah, Terry, David, Michael, Jaime, Jordan, Kelsey and Bryant; 11 great grandchildren; and one great great granddaughter. See more at: https://www.wyomingnews.com/milestones/obitu aries/evelyn korber/article_079ba5bc 0656 11e8 9f28 1befbbc3c8e8.html https://www.w rcfuneral.com/obituaries/Evelyn Korber/?wms_redirected=1 !/Obituary Aloha Maxine Lisenbe 1928 ~ 2018 Aloha Maxine Lisenbe entered in to the kingdom of heaven joining her Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday, April 12, 2018. She was born on January 29, 1 928 in Lakeside WA and was a member of Temple Bible Church. She celebrated her 90th birthday this year. She was the wife of the late Kriegy James C. Lisbenbe and is survived by a son, a daughter, four grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. See more at: http://www.harpertalasek.com/memorialpage.as p?page=odetail&id=87519&locid=33 https://www.everhere.com/us/obituary temple aloha maxine lisenbe 7246942 https://texas.funeral.com/2018/04/14/ aloha maxine lisenbe 90 of temple died thursday/ Karen Rossi 1954 ~ 2016 Karen P. Rossi went to be with THE LORD on Sunday, June 19, 2016. Born in San Diego, she was raised outside Boston, Mass. Karen was the w ife of Jon Rossi (who also recently pas sed away) and the late Michael Daly. She is survived by her children, Michael Daly and his wife Courtney of Paxton, Michelle Rooney and her husband Anthony and Erin Daly all of Acton. She is the d aughter of the late William and Kathleen Atwood. Sister of J ohn Atwood and his wife Bette Ann of Reading and Rick Atwood of Haverhill. Grandmother of Liam, Bronwyn, Hudson, Lars, Mikey and Billy. Karen was the great niece of the late Kriegy Thomas Drake. See more at : http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/name/karen rossi obituary?pid=180534044&view=guestbook https://www.cotafuneralhomes.com/not ices/Kare n Rossi Please inform us of any other Kriegies, Kriegy widows, or family members you know who have passed away recently We will do our best to include them all.
11 The following publications might be of interest to you. Many of them were written by our men. Your local library is a good place to check for availability. If you can't find what you're looking for there, write to the author or publisher or click on the links below. New and used copies are often available fro m online sites. If you become aware that any of these publications are no longer available, please let us know. 1. Americans Behind the Barbed Wire by Frank Diggs, Story of Frank's trip across Russia in 1945. Publisher: Vandemere Press, P. O. Box 5243, Cl earwater FL 22205 (New price is $24.95/Hardcover) http://www.vandamere.com/diggs.htm or http://www.amazon.ca/Americans Behind Barbed Wire Inside/dp/0743474821 2. Captur ed Yesterday: The WWII Diary of Tony B. Lumpkin (Kindle Edition but also available in paperback), edited by Tony L umpkin III and Elizabeth Lumpkin. This publication was just released on October 19, 2017 https://www.amazon.com/Captured Yesterday WWII Diary Lumpkin ebook/dp/B076MGBWFK/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1509 400350&sr=8 1 fkmr0&keywords=captured+again+by+Tony+Lumpkin+III 3. Diary of A Kriegie by Ed Beattie. Diary of Ed Beattie, A UPI Correspondent captured near the Moselle River in Sept '44. Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell Co., New York NY http://www.amazon.com/Diary kriegie Edward W Beattie/dp/B0007E4AUA 4. Escape to Russia by Howard "BOOMER" Holder. Story of Boomer Holder as he went across Russia in 1945. Publisher: Iberian Pub lishing Co., Athens GA http://www.amazon.com/Escape Russia Howard Randolph Holder/dp/B0006F7X72/ref=sr_1_1?ie=U TF8&s=books&qid=1226549191&sr=1 1 5. Dr. Graff Remembers: World War II Reflections a collection of editorials by Peter Carl Graffagnino, M.D., Publisher: Grateful Steps (Micki Cabaniss Eutsler), 828 277 0998 http://www.amazon.com/Dr Graff Remembers World Reflections/dp/1935130544/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=undefined&sr =8 1&keywords=Dr.+Graffagnino+Remembers%3A++World+War+II+Reflections 6. Home W a s Never Like This Diary of Col Yardley. Publisher: Yar dley Enterprises. Evergreen, CO https://www.amazon.com/Home Was Never Like This/dp/0971743908/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital text&ie=UTF8&q id=1509401352&sr=8 1&keywords=home+was+never+like+this+yardley&dpID=512W2N7NQ8L&preST=_SY291_B O1,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch 7. John K. Waters: An Oral History (The Waters Story) by William C. Pa rnell. Available on Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/John K Waters Oral History/dp/1480073997 OR contact Elodie Caldwell using contact information on the front page of this ITEM, $15.99 includes S&H, write your check to the Oflag 64 Po stage Fund. (Thank you Pat Waters for making several copies available.) 8. Justifiable Pride by William D. Stevens, Jamal Books, 2340 Devoe Drive, Lincoln NE 68506, 402 488 6005 http://www.amazon.com/Justifiable Pride -Memoir William Stevens/dp/096732954X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411080041&sr=1 1&keywords=Justifiable+Pride P P P U U U B B B L L L I I I C C C A A A T T T I I I O O O N N N S S S S S S
12 9. Kriegie b y Kenneth Simmons. Diary of an Air Force Pilot. Publisher: Thomas Nelson and Sons. New York NY http://www.amazon.com/s/ ref=nb_ss_b?url=search alias%3Dstripbooks&field keywords=Kriegie+by+Kenneth+Simmons&x=0&y=0 10. Kriegsgefangener 3074 (Prisoner of War) by Clarence Ferguson. Publisher: Texan Press, Waco TX http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b?url=search alias%3Dstripbooks&field keywords=Prisoner+of+War+by+Clarence+Ferguson&x=16&y=17 11. OFLAG 64, 50th Anniversary Book Anniversary Comm ittee. Publisher: Evanston Publishing Co., Evanston IL. (several currently available online, various prices) https://www.amazon.com/gp/offer listing/1879260239/ref=tmm_other_meta_binding_used_olp_sr?ie=UTF8&condition=used&qid =1476590613&sr=8 1 fkmr0 12. Oflag 64: A POW Odyssey Robert Galloway, 2001. Instant Amazon Video to rent or buy at: https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00WGYXZTG?ie=UTF8&keywords=OFLAG&qid=1 442345037&ref_=sr_1_1&s=instant v ideo&sr=1 1 13. Passages to Freedom Joseph Frelinghuysen, 1990, Publisher: Sunflower University Press, 1531 Yuma (Box 1009), Manhattan KS 66502 4228, 800 258 1232 ($17.95, includes S&H) http://www.amazon.com/Passages Freedom Story Capture Escape/dp/0897451317/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226550856&sr=1 1 14. People Too by William H. Schaefer. Publisher: Pageant Press Interna tional Corp, 1971. https://www.amazon.com/People too William H Schaefer/dp/B0006XT1O2 ( unavailable) 15. Press Releases Ted Roggen, Publisher: iUniverse, Novem ber 2001 Contact Ted Roggen at 101 Westcott, Houston TX 77007 ($10.95) I ncludes a section on Oflag 64 https://www.amazon.com/Press Releases Ted Roggen/dp/0595203590/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1485299818&sr=1 1&keywords=press+releases+roggen 16. Raid! The Untold Story of Patton's Secret Mission by Richard Baron, Major Abe Baum, and Richard Goldhurst (paperback) http://www.amazon .com/Raid Untold Pattons Secret Mission/dp/0440236096/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8 &s=books&qid=1254190748&sr=1 1 17. A Ramble Through My War by Charles F. Marshall, Publisher: Louisiana State University Press, 1999. ($29.95) http://www.amazon.com/Ramble Through My War Anzio/dp/0807126365/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226550977&sr=1 1 18. Roads to Liberation by Clarence R. Meltesen, self published, May 2004. (Various prices from different 3 rd party sellers t hrough Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/Roads Liberation Oflag Clarence Meltesen/dp/0962700509 or available free of charge except for approximately $6 per copy shipping fee ( ONE COPY LEFT ). Please contact Elodie Caldwell at the contact address on the front page of this ITEM. (Thank you Meltesen family.) 19. The Big Break: The Greatest American WWII POW Escape Story Never Told by Stephen Dando Collins, Publisher: St. Martin's Press, 2017. ($25.64 ) https://www.amazon.com/Big Break Greatest American %09Escape/dp/1250087562/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1483492130&sr=8 %091&keywords=the+big+break+the+greatest+american+wwii+pow+escape+story+never+tol d7&keywords=stephen+dando 20. The Escape Factory by Lloyd Shoemaker. Story of a secret organization in Wash DC that maintained contact with all POWs in WWII. St Martins Press. New York NY
13 http://www.amazon.com/Escape Factory Story Mis X/dp/0312925727/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226551149&sr=1 1 21. The Road To War by Steven Burgauer. Based on the diary and notes of Captain William C. Frodsham, Jr.: a riveting f irst person account of duty and drill, courage and capture. http://www.amazon.com/Road War Drill Courage Capture/dp/1450218806/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1411081108&sr=1 1&keywords=the+road+to+war+burgauer 22. The Strange Alliance by John R Deane. Publisher: Viking Press; Book club, 1947, various prices. https://www.amazon.com/Strange Alliance Efforts Wartime Cooperation/dp/B0006D8NXM/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8& qid=1498257854&sr=1 1&keywords=the+strange+alliance 23. The Water and The Rock by Charles Jones. Diary of a man captured in Africa. Publisher: Anchor Publishing Co., Northwood, IA (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE 9/18/14) http://www.amazon.com/Water Rock Charles L Jones/dp/B000IXSZHO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226551381&sr=1 1 24. The Welcome Swede by Frank Diggs. Publisher: Vantage Pr ess, New York NY ($11.00) http://www.amazon.com/Welcome Swede Thousands Germanys Prisoners/dp/0533078180/ref=s r_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226551448&sr=1 1 25. 33 Months as a POW in Stalag Luft III by Albert P. Clark. Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing, 16100 Table Mountain Parkway, Suite 300, Golden CO 80403, 800 992 2908 (17.95 pb) http://www.amazon.com/Months POW Stalag Luft III/dp/1555915361/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226551497&sr=1 1 26. Tours of Duty: World War II Veterans Personal St ories by Eleanor Bertrand. Includes stories of Jimmie Kanaya from Oflag 64, Martin Jones from Hammelburg, and Oscar Richard from Stalag I. Publisher: BookSurge Publishing (2/22/08). $17.99 from Amazon.com, 1 800 201 7575 http://www.amazon.com/Tours Duty Veterans Personal Stories/dp/141968728X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1226551561&sr=1 1 27. Vic Kanners Diary Cont act Don Kanners, 3205 Jennella Dr, Commerce TWP MI 48390 1619, firstname.lastname@example.org 28. Yank: Memoir of a World War II Soldier by Ted Ellsworth. Publisher: Da Capo Press, 2009. Various prices. https://www.amazon.com/Yank Memoir Soldier 1941 1945 Desert ebook/dp/B00A8SIASS/ref= sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1498257241&sr=8 1&keywords=yank%3A+Memoir+of+a+World+War+II+Soldier
14 HALL OF REMEMBRANCE UPDATE! Th e Oflag 64 Advisory Council, including our friend and advocate Mariusz Winiecki and his charming wife Joanna from Szubin, Poland, met during the week of July 22 29 th in Metropolitan Washington, DC. This was a wonderful and very productive week as we decided what steps are needed to move toward accomplishing our stated mission: The Oflag 64 Association, a group of America n ex Kriegies, their families, and interested parties, have a mission to assist in the development of historical museums/centers and the preservation of the history of their experience by highlighting the camp itself, its internees, and the role and suppor t of the Polish people. The vision of the Oflag 64 Association is to support the citizens of Szubin and their governmental entities in the creation of an Oflag 64 museum within the framework of a Hall of Remembrance for the Nazi German Camps located in Szu bin. Barracks #9, the last remaining barracks, is now the property of the City of Szubin. The deed designates the site as a National Memory Site. This is comparable to a National Historic Site in the US. This designation is an honor and a result of th e enthusiasm our group is generating in Szubin. The Advisory Council is in the process of establishing a Polish American Foundation which will be the vehicle supporting the establishment of a Hall of Remembrance on the grounds of the former Oflag 64 sit e. The Polish American Foundation for the Commemoration of the POW camps in Szubin is honored that Wilbur "Bill" Sharpe is the founder on behalf of all the men at Oflag 64 As a reminder, the Oflag 64 individuals and families volunteering to serve on the team working toward the creation of the Hall of Remembrance include: Cindy and Glenn Burgess, Elodie Caldwell, Tom Cobb, Susanna Connaughton, Janet Ellsworth, Bret Job, Rosa Lee, Marlene McAllister, Taylor McAllister, Dave Stewart, Pat Waters, and Nancy Wy att. Decisions made in DC are as follows: The Council is in the pr ocess of establishing a Polish American Foundation which will be the vehicle supporting the establishment of a Hall of Remembrance on the grounds of the former Oflag 64 site. We will seek n onprofit status [501(c)(3)] for future fundraising opportunities as we continue to market our very important endeavor. Following our meetings, we hosted a reception for family and friends of the POW's during which we had the opportunity to renew old acqua intances and make new connections. An inspiring get together was enjoyed by all. In addition, a reporter and a photographer from the Washington Post covered the reception. The article is reprinted with permission by the Washington Post at the end of th is ITEM. You may also access the article at this link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/americans poles meet in va hotel in plot to save nearly forgotten nazi pow camp in small polish town/2018/07/29/563203c2 932a 11e8 810c 5fa705927d54_story.html?utm_term=.89ce3cf22476 Thank you to so many who traveled and participated in our reception. What a fabulous mini reunion that in some respects mirrored the past reunions in which our relatives participated!!!! They would applaud us. We appreciate your support and urge you to inventory any Kriegy artifacts you might have in your possession for donation to our endeavor in Szubin. Please contact us if you have questions or would like to become involved with this effort. The following photos come from a collection of photos taken by those who attended the Washington DC reception. Oflag 64 US Advisory Co uncil /Hall of Remembrance
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19 Americans, Poles meet in Va. hotel in plot to save nearly forg otten Nazi POW camp in small Polish town By Hannah Natanson July 29, 2018 Washington Post (Text and photos are r eprinted with p ermission) For four hours Saturday night, an event space in a DoubleTree Hilton near Dulles International Airport became a w ar room in the fight against forgetting. The people came from as near as Ashburn, Va., and as far as Szubin, Poland. They came because they are descendants of American officers once imprisoned in Oflag 64, a small Nazi prisoner of war camp that was locat ed in Szubin during World War II. They came because their grandfathers had spoken fondly about the place or because their grandfathers had always refused to discuss it. Some Szubin residents came because they had walked by the prison site for years witho ut knowing what it was. All came to remember. Ninety six year old Wilbur Blaine Sharpe was the sole "Kriegy" a nickname for the officers kept in Oflag 64 and an abbreviation of kriegsgefangenen the German word for prisoners of war who was able to at tend. He came because, well, how could he not ? "I just figured it would be nice to preserve it even though it was a place of adversity," Sharpe said. "We had a lot of pleasant experiences there, like the theater and the music; all the adults tried to tak e care of each other. They just didn't feed us." Sharpe, an artillery officer captured by Erwin Rommel's Panzer division in World War II, spent 19 months as Prisoner 1,573 in Oflag 64 before escaping. His weight sank from its initial 150 to a measly 96 p ounds. But he found the strength to take leading parts in musicals the roughly 1,500 incarcerated officers staged often wearing women's clothes in an effort to keep up morale. More than seven decades later, Sharpe is again taking a starring role this time as the founder of a Polish American foundation seeking to build a commemorative museum at the site of Oflag 64 in Szubin. Saturday's gathering was to announce the establishment of that foundation as well as a U.S. based nonprofit group that will rai se funds for the museum. "My generation does not know what happened in the camp," said Mariusz Winiecki, 42, a Szubin resident and university professor who began researching Oflag 64 more than a decade ago. "Our purpose is to make people aware of WWII an d the atrocity that war can cause." Only a handful of original Oflag 64 buildings remain standing on the site, which now houses a reform school. As a boy, Winiecki used to walk through the dilapidated campus on the way to school. In 2007, he started goo gling the German name of his hometown and "Oflag 64" and discovered the Oflag 64 Association a long standing American group comprising Kriegies and their families. He eventually began corresponding with several Kriegies including Sharpe. One former priso ner of war sent Winiecki a 17 page handwritten letter detailing his experiences in the camp. Then several members of the Oflag 64 Association visited Szubin to see the site. Winiecki began working with Szubin's mayor, Artur Michalak; the head of the refo rm school, Wies aw Gusi zki; and the curator of Szubin's museum, Kamila Czechowski, to figure out how to save Building 9, a former prison barracks that is one of the few original structures still standing. This June, the Polish government officially signed over ownership of the building to the "community of Szubin," Winiecki said. Now they must raise an estimated $1 million to restore the building. Winiecki said it will be at least three to four years before the museum can open its doors. The Americans are determined to h elp. "It would mean so much to help honor [my father's] memory and his experience, to help keep the memory alive of that experience," said Oflag 64 Association member Nancy Wyatt, whose late father, Robert Thompson, was imprisoned in Szubin. In Septemb er, several members of the association's advisory council will travel to Warsaw to meet with Winiecki and Polish officials in an attempt to secure government funding for the project. Cindy Burgess, Sharpe's daughter and a council member, said all are hopef ul for the future. But on Saturday night attendees focused only on the 20th century past. Most did not mention Poland's far right
20 government or a recently modified law that made it illegal to suggest Poland was complicit in Nazi atrocities committed durin g the Holocaust. Asked by a reporter about those events, Winiecki reemphasized the importance of educating Poland's "youngest generation" about World War II. Sharpe, who wore a pin bearing entwined Polish and American flags on his shirt collar, spoke for roughly half an hour about his time in the camp. He had to sit down halfway through and sometimes needed prompts from relatives, but his voice was clear and loud as he recounted memories of foiled escape attempts, secret radios and dreadful food but als o theatrical productions, friendship and laughter. "I think that's what kept us alive, frankly . that's what kept us going," he said. Winiecki spoke next, offering the audience a peek into life at Oflag 64. He showcased the results of painstaking re search: photos of American POWs frolicking in a field skating on a frozen fish pond standing in the theater barracks dressed as women in bras and skirts sheltering under scraggly trees as they read books or wrote letters home. Descendants of Kriegies paid close attention. "I want to tell your stories, your fathers' stories," Winiecki told the room. Anna Weber, whose grandfather, Phillip Wade, was imprisoned in Oflag 64, is writing her master's thesis at the University of Pittsburgh about the camp and his time there. She said she is partly inspired to write by the current political situation in Poland and by rising far right sympathies and neo Nazism in the United States. "The deeper and deeper I dive into what I'm doing, the more it feels relevant to what is going on today," Weber said. "It's intense." Not so for Sharpe. Asked about the rise of the far right, he shook his head. "Nazism doesn't have any meaning for me at all," Sharpe said. "I guess I've chosen to forget." Top Left Top Left Cind y Burgess with her dad, Wilbur Sharpe, looking over archival exhibits Top Right Wilbur Sharpe holding a photo of himself as a young soldier during World War II Bottom Left Standing ovation by attendees for Wilbur Sharpe after addressing the group Botto m Right Table centerpiece featuring both the US and Polish flags
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