Colditz castleColditz castle is a castle near Leipzig, Saxony in Germany. It became notorious as a prisoner of war camp for Allied officers during the Second World War.
After the outbreak of the Second World War it was initially used as a transit camp for the defeated Poles. In November 1940 a small group of British RAF officers arrived. They were soon joined by a handful British Army officers, and by French, Belgian, and Dutch officers.
A number of books have been written on the subject of Colditz as prisoner of war camp, the most famous being Pat Reid's Colditz: The Full Story and Escape From Colditz on which the BBC's dramatised television series was based. An interesting German perspective on the camp and its detainees is Reinhold Egger's Colditz: The German Story.