Feb 25, 2019
Episode 02: “Walking A Mile In Harry’s Shoes”
In Episode 02 Megan visits the crumbling, 75-year-old ruins of two of the four stalags her grandfather Corporal Harry Spencer, VX1113, Prisoner No. 91985, was held in, between 1941-1945, after being captured in Crete by the German Army in WW2.
The first, Stalag VII-A, is in Moosburg in Germany’s south; the other, Stalag 357 near Fallingbostel, is in the north. They were two of Germany’s biggest POW camps during the war, each housing tens of thousands of prisoners from all over the world.
With the help of locals, family members, military historians and narration from Harry’s handwritten memoirs, Megan dives deeper into her grandfather’s POW experience, reimagining it ‘in situ’. It is a highly emotional trip – one that, as she finds out, is only just beginning…
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