TO THE FIFTY is a series of books and multimedia visualizations that endeavor to describe the Allied POW experiences in World War II (both theaters of war) through first person narratives, government and narrative-derived data sets and mapping technologies.
For the European Theater, we will trace the day-to-day Kriegie using “The Mansel Diaries” as a baseline juxtaposing life in other camps against this measure. We intend to identify escapers and their paths to freedom and/or recapture as well as an understanding of the Kriegies who stayed behind. Part of the effort will be to compare and contrast to logotherapy as identified by Victor Frankl in Man's Search for Meaning. The approach for the Pacific Theater will take shape at a later time.
On September 10, 2001, the author enjoyed the opportunity to meet B.A. “Jimmie” James of Great Escape fame. Reading an autographed copy of James' book, “Moonless Night”, left a mark of excitement, wonder and appreciation for those involved in not just the Great Escape, but also other escapers from other stalags, successful or not. The quick story is that 76 men escaped Luft Stalag III on March 24, 1944. Three men were successful in making the "home run" while the remainder were re-captured. Hitler ordered them all executed, but was talked out that for fear of reprisal against their own troops. It was decided by a lower level officer that 50 should be executed and the remaining 23 returned to various Luft Stalag's.
The title, TO THE FIFTY came directly from Paul Brickhill’s dedication in his book, The Great Escape and this series is, therefore, an homage to those 50 executed allied prisoners of war of the Great Escape and others who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
It is the hope that this series will help people of today and tomorrow understand the price of freedom.
The Fallen of WW2: written, directed, coded, and narrated by Neil Halloran. Visitors are encouraged to visit and contribute to this inspiring site to experience an incredibly compelling history lesson on World War 2 and the greater Peace.
tells the stories of the Allied POWs in World War II.