Welcome to the companion Web site to "Nazi Prison Escape,"
on February 6, 2001. The program documents a series of spectacular escape
attempts made at Colditz Castle, the Nazi's most impregnable prison. Here's what you'll find online:
One prisoner tried to impersonate Franz Josef, a German guard with a flamboyant moustache; he was caught. Another climbed over a wall bristling with embedded shards of broken glass; he got away. In this illustrated chronology, read about other Colditz escape attempts, both failed and fulfilled.
The Jailor's Story
In this surprisingly bemused excerpt from his book Colditz: The German Side of the Story, Reinhold Eggers, head of security at Colditz during the war, tells how he felt about his job, his inmates, and their courageous antics.
From the Tower of London to Alcatraz, prisons old and new have witnessed their share of high-profile escapes. Relive them here.
The Colditz Glider (Hot Science)
Astonishingly, Colditz POWs secretly built an escape glider in an attic of the prison, though they were liberated before they could fly it. In this interactive feature, test out a virtual cousin of the Colditz glider.