In the Spring of 1945 Oflag IX A/H and Oflag IX A/Z two prison camps for Allied officers near Kassel, were moved east by the Germans to prevent their liberation by the Americans.
Part of the story of Oflag IX A/Z’s travels has been told before. In May 1945, the popular British picture news magazine, ‘Illustrated’, carried a photo–essay by one of the former prisoners from Oflag IX A/Z. At best, large parts of the story reflect the popular prejudices of the time. At worst the article contains a considerable lie. My research seeks to explain in rather more objective terms what happened to the men of Oflag IX A/Z camp and its partner as their German captors attempted to behave rationally in a world that was falling apart around them.