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Stalag Luft XIX: Spend a week in a newly-constructed Luftwaffe POW facility in Poland.
POW Escapes ^ | December 15, 2009 | POW Escapes

Posted on 12/15/2009 12:22:40 PM PST by shoptalk

During World War II, the Germans would throw you into a POW camp free of charge. Today, POW Escapes will sell you the experience of spending a week in a newly-constructed Luftwaffe prisoner of war facility for just $3,500. For a short time, you will feel what it was like for airmen captured and held captive by the Lufwaffe during the war.

$3,500 buys you a sightseeing tour of the Jewish Ghetto and Nazi installations, a week in the camp, your meals, a POW camp uniform, recreated documents and a “liberation dinner” at the end of your stay where your "performance" will be graded (and where you might be branded a collaborator if you fail to remain in-character or you betray your mates.)

From the website: “At some point during your intelligence gathering (the tour), an informer will tip off the Germans and you will be arrested by the Gestapo as a spy and forced to change into uniform. You will then be taken away for interrogation and your Polish helpers will be "shot". Following your interrogation, you will be taken to Stalag Luft XIX where you will be held captive.”

"POW Escapes offers you the unique opportunity to travel back through time to World War Two for a totally authentic war-time experience."

"Please note that this experience is only available for men - unfortunately we cannot accommodate women for obvious reasons."

"At no time will you be allowed to break character, and at no time will any of our staff break character.... We dedicate this site to those brave captured men and we hope that this experience will help others appreciate something of what those men went through after they were captured while fighting for our freedom."

Airfare to Warsaw is not included.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: camp; pow; reeducation; worldwarii

1 posted on 12/15/2009 12:22:42 PM PST by shoptalk
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To: shoptalk

Hell, nancy peelousi will throw you in a camp for not buying her insurance plan. She will become the insurance agent of the year - for sure.


2 posted on 12/15/2009 12:26:10 PM PST by equalitybeforethelaw
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To: shoptalk

I’d rather watch Hogans Hero’s.


3 posted on 12/15/2009 12:26:27 PM PST by mowowie
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To: shoptalk

SHULTZ!


4 posted on 12/15/2009 12:27:43 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: equalitybeforethelaw

Can we send Nancy? I will donate.


5 posted on 12/15/2009 12:31:38 PM PST by 70th Division (I love my country but fear my government!)
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To: 2banana

I will surround this camp with a ring of steel!


6 posted on 12/15/2009 12:32:14 PM PST by Welcome2thejungle
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I can’t freakin’ believe this. My grandfather, who was a POW in Nazi Germany, would be rolling in his grave. His experiences as a POW were unpleasant, to say the least.


7 posted on 12/15/2009 12:32:19 PM PST by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: 2banana

I will surround this camp with a ring of steel!


8 posted on 12/15/2009 12:32:28 PM PST by Welcome2thejungle
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To: 2banana

I know nothing...

I see nothing.....


9 posted on 12/15/2009 12:39:47 PM PST by njslim
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To: shoptalk
This sounds like a real HOOT! If I had the spare cash, this would be my idea of a great holiday. But then again, I already live in a South Pacific paradise -- the sort of place people like to vacation at. A WW-II POW camp for a week "just for fun" sounds like a fantastic change of pace, and a nifty opportunity to step back thru time and experience History.

High on my bucket-list! That and the Nijmegen march.

10 posted on 12/15/2009 12:42:15 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: shoptalk
If I get a chance to do the Steve McQueen motorcycle thing like in the "Great Escape", I'm in...


11 posted on 12/15/2009 12:46:46 PM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
For an extra charge, you can be mauled by a pair of vicious German shepherd dogs, for the amusement of your guards.

(Medical costs not included. You must fully indemnify us against the possibility of your being permanently injured. Other conditions may apply.) /s

12 posted on 12/15/2009 12:59:31 PM PST by Campion ("President Barack Obama" is an anagram for "An Arab-backed Imposter")
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
> His experiences as a POW were unpleasant, to say the least.

Acknowledged, and with no Disrespect intended to his memory. Not all vacations need to be fun and relaxing, tho', in order to be worthwhile. The Lough Derg Pilgrimage wouldn't be for everyone, and most people wouldn't enjoy it. Same with visiting Killing Fields of Cambodia, or doing the Nijmegen March.

I wouldn't mind doing any of these, just once — because they provide a really different slice of life, and at the end you get to return alive and you get bragging rights. Much more interesting pub talk than "my vacation at Disneyland".

The POW Camp vacation would be lots of fun for anyone brought up idolizing The Greatest Generation. I don't mean "fun" as in FUN, but "fun" in that you get to step back thru time and live life as it was lived in their boots. Who wouldn't want to do that?? I'm good for that, anytime.

I might draw the line at the Kidnap Vacation, even tho' it sounds like a riot. To do that properly it would be necessary to run the risk of not coming out alive, and for that risk to be real. An acceptable risk if not dealing with bozos, and I'm not convinced from what I read in the article that Bozo isn't running that outfit. And, too, it sounds kinky — which makes me wonder how realistic it could be. And besides, you can get kidnapped for free by vacationing in Mexico.

13 posted on 12/15/2009 1:14:27 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: shoptalk
This is downright creepy.

Coming next.. the Bataan Death March Experience?

Or... Auschwitz for a Week (we use Febreze rather than Zyklon-B for your safety)

14 posted on 12/15/2009 1:27:08 PM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Would rather spend the cash at Gunsite learning how to be a better Pistol shot.
But if they are looking for guards, I have a German Uniform.


15 posted on 12/15/2009 1:49:50 PM PST by Yorlik803 (better to die on your feet than live on your knees.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter

Thank you posting the reminder of the Killing Fields in Cambodia. We need to remind ourselves of that every once in awhile.


16 posted on 12/15/2009 1:55:12 PM PST by brushcop (SFC Sallie, CPL Long, LTHarris, SSG Brown, PVT Simmons KIA OIF lll&V, they died for you, honor them)
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To: socal_parrot

Damn! You beat me to it.

Now I’ll have Elmer Bernstein’s “The Great Escape” theme in my head!


17 posted on 12/15/2009 2:01:38 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Yorlik803
> Would rather spend the cash at Gunsite learning how to be a better Pistol shot.

Sure, guns are fun and it's useful and relaxing to be able to shoot. But after a while there's only so many different ways to make a firearm go "bang" and so many different holes you can put into a target at so many different distances.

But actually doing something different, exciting and meaningful — like walking the Bataan Death March or visiting ANZAC Cove at Gallipoli — you don't do that sort of thing for "kicks" but they are excellent things to do on vacation nonetheless. Not all vacations need to be relaxing and happy. Sometimes it is good to do things that are sobering and unusual.

Like the others that I've listed up-thread, I would gladly do these two vacations in a heartbeat.

18 posted on 12/15/2009 2:06:00 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: Notary Sojac
Ping to #18. To that list I'd add D-Day Tours. Sure, it's not for everybody, but it would be the vacation of a lifetime.

I would sign up for that in an instant: it would be unforgettable, the sort of thing you could tell your grandchildren.

Beats YET ANOTHER vacation in Vegas all hollow.

19 posted on 12/15/2009 2:10:40 PM PST by DieHard the Hunter (Is mise an ceann-cinnidh. Cha ghéill mi do dhuine. Fàg am bealach.)
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To: shoptalk; All
Worst.

Tavelocity option.

EVER.


Frowning takes 68 muscles.
Smiling takes 6.
Pulling this trigger takes 2.
I'm lazy.

20 posted on 12/15/2009 2:12:28 PM PST by The Comedian (Evil can only succeed if good men don't point at it and laugh.)
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To: Constitution Day

I guess it’s better than the “Colonel Bogey March” from “Bridge on the River Kwai”...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83bmsluWHZc

“We’re going to be a busy couple gravediggers”


21 posted on 12/15/2009 2:12:41 PM PST by socal_parrot (I hate to say I told you so, but...)
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To: shoptalk
I think I'll just go rent Stalag 17 again, which could have been one of the greatest movies of all time except for the gratuitous plug for queering off in prison.

William Holden saved it. And watching it again costs a lot less than flying around the world to be abused.

22 posted on 12/15/2009 2:19:19 PM PST by OKSooner ("He's quite mad, you know." - Sean Connery to Honor Blackman in "Goldfinger".)
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To: Arkansas Toothpick
I do not not think my uncle, who was a POW at Stalag Luft I, Bartz, Germany during WWII will be attending.. He too, had very unpleasant experiences, to say the least...
23 posted on 12/15/2009 2:42:24 PM PST by ThomasPaine2000 (Peace without freedom is tyranny.)
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To: shoptalk

“HoooOOOOOGAN!!! What are you doing with my camp?”

“Herr Colonel, I know nothing, nothing.”

“Hey! Wanna watch a movie?”

24 posted on 12/15/2009 2:59:59 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?)...R.I.P.)
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To: DieHard the Hunter
like walking the Bataan Death March

I have walked just about all of the Civil War battlefields east of the Mississippi.

In particular I remember a foggy morning when I followed the path the Union attackers took to attack Lee's entrenchments at Spotsylvania, I was moved almost to tears by the time I reached the battle line.

But I do not hold with dressing up and playing soldier, I think it's disrespectful of those who gave their lives, and I've had several heated arguments with CW "re-enactors" about this.

Dress-up play as a POW strikes me the same way.

25 posted on 12/16/2009 6:59:12 AM PST by Notary Sojac ("Goldman Sachs" is to "US economy" as "lamprey" is to "lake trout")
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