• Comes September

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page has a piece of light blue paper taped to it that reads, "Happy Birthday 'Mitch' from Room 2." He then writes, "And in the package a potato and a rock." He has drawn a picture of both these i…

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  • The Address

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's diary includes a drawing of an old ship, the "Santa Maria," on which he has written, "Promise of the Future." Underneath, he has drawn a picture of a prisoner on stage, Colone…

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  • Same Monotony Until --- Exodus Once More

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    These two pages each have a heading - "Same Monotony Until" and "Exodus Once More" but nothing has been drawn. It appears that Mitchener did not have the time to draw what he wanted under each title h…

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  • Trees

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of a tree as well as a number of tree stumps, all within the POW camp boundaries. He writes, "Around the compound - approximatel…

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  • A Wartime Log

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This printed page reads,"A Wartime log for British Prisoners." The diaries were distributed to prisoners during World War II by the War Prisoners Aid of the Y.M.C.A. The item was published in Geneva,…

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  • Time marches on

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows calendar images, each with a particular date enlarged and circled. He has drawn images next to the calendar pages, including a picture of a t…

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  • Church Services

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes a dedication page that reads, "The Senior American Officer extends very cordial season'…

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  • Saturday Evening Post

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page is a poem or list of things that Mitchener misses and craves during his imprisonment in a POW camp in Germany. He has then included a small poem that reads,"I have loved those things/Gentle…

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  • Busy Corner

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the toilet facilities at the camp. On the top of the page, he has written, "The Germans had a name for it. 'Abort' ---" Underneat…

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  • A Wartime Log

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This is the cover of Hardy A. Mitchener, Jr.'s diary during his incarceration as a prisoner of war at the Stalag Luft III camp in Zagan, Poland, during World War II.

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  • Christmas Eve

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This is another page of the Christmas program that was given to the POWs at Stalag Luft III in 1944. It includes the lyrics to "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "O Come All Ye Faithful." The program li…

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  • The Shower Room

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's diary from World War II includes a drawing of the showers at the POW camp. On the top of the image, he has written, "For 'cleanliness is next to godliness.'" Underneath the dr…

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  • Kriege's Lament, continued

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page is the continuation of a poem or song called "Kriege's Lament" written by Willie Munger. The poem has an a-b-a-b rhyme scheme and is seventeen stanzas long. The subject is the return of the…

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  • The Last of the Bombardiers

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows a poem called, "The Last of the Bombardiers." The poem is about an old man who once was a bombardier.

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  • The Last of the Bombardiers, continued

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the remainder of a poem called "The Last of the Bombardiers," which begins on the previous page. The poem is about an old man who once was a…

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  • The Block

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II includes a drawing of wooden barrack #170. Mitchener describes his quarters as including ten rooms, housing 8-14 men each. He writes,"Constructed o…

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  • The B-17, continued

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows the continuation of a poem called "The B-17," by POW D. Hughes. The poem is about the greatness of the B-17 bomber. A drawing of a B-17 bombe…

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  • Then and Now

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's POW diary from World War II shows two images, the first, a bombardier in an American B-17 airplane, and the second, a miserable prisoner of war who appears to be drinking. Mit…

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  • 12 and 3 equals 15

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's diary shows three more men being added to his POW camp quarters in room five, even though there is not enough space. Mitchener lists their names, which are John R. Hanzlik [Pe…

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  • The Kitchen

    Mitchener, Hardy A., 1919-1957

    This page in Mitchener's diary includes a drawing of the kitchen, in which a large cooking stove is pictured. On top of this image, he has written a number of commonly used phrases, including,"shut th…

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