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TO THE FIFTY is a series of studies that features information on World War II histories, narrative interviews, and data analyses of Allied prisoners of war in the European and Pacific Theatres.

About the Series

VOLUME 1

The first volume in the series is a compilation entitled, "The Great Escape: Three to Freedom." The stories of Bergsland, van der Stok and Muller are featured.

The first volume in the series is a compilation entitled, "The Great Escape: Three to Freedom." The stories of Bergsland, van der Stok and Muller are featured.

The first volume in the series is a compilation entitled, "The Great Escape: Three to Freedom." The stories of Bergsland, van der Stok and Muller are featured.

VOLUME 2

Volume 2 catalogues the movies, documentaries, & the Television series from both Allied and Axis sides.

Volume 2 catalogues the movies, documentaries, & the Television series from both Allied and Axis sides.

VOLUME 3

Current Research

The current research for the third volume involves synthesizing over 300 personal narratives from Allied POWs. The overall examination will be in two parts to contrast the experiences of Allied POWs to Allied/American POWS.

James J. Paugh

Kriegsgefangenen Autor

Fascinated by the World War II movies, books, and newspaper articles about Prisoners of War and how the majority kept their wits against strong odds, this work effort is an attempt to show, through data and other analyses, how those experiences drove men to survive while others failed. This project involves synthesizing nearly 300 first hand accounts from surviving POWs.

 

It is not intended to be a re-write of Victor E. Frankl's, "Man's Search for Meaning" and the larger discussion of Logotherapy, but a deep dive into the reasons why and how these men forged on.

The author is not claiming any military service and as such, the stories are all the more raw, vivid and memorable.

"If you're going through Hell, keep going."

-Sir Winston Churchill

WWII Map

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Additional Resources

Additional Resources

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