IT IS LEGAL TO TRY TO ESCAPE FROM PRISON IN GERMANY.

I’m really not at all interested in football, however I have to thank the current Euro football thing for the rather fascinating piece of trivia which came up recently during a discussion about Germany.

Apparently it is quite legal to try to escape from prison in Germany, although bizarrely it is against the law to run out of petrol on the Autobahn or to verbally abuse someone in public.

Whilst I have to commend the Germans broadminded attitude to prison escape, I have to say they were not quite so easy going in 1944 when allied troops who were imprisoned in Stalug Luft III prison of war camp dug three escape tunnels called Tom, Dick and Harry.

In the end only Harry was used for the escape of 76 men, although 73 were captured and very sadly 50 of them were rounded up and shot and killed by the Gestapo, as I said the Germans attitude to prison escape seems considerably more broadminded today than it was in 1944.

Diagram of Harry tunnel at Stalag Luft III - ABC News (Australian  Broadcasting Corporation)

About The Diary of a Country Bumpkin

I am a retired actor, although to be honest I only retired because I wasn't getting any work and the option of becoming an unemployed actor/waiter at my age was ludicrous, especially as my waiting skills are non-existent. Having said I’m retired, I don’t think there really is such a thing as a retired actor for I am still available for work, I just don’t have an agent or any connections with regards to obtaining any worthwhile work. I have over the years done student films when there is nothing else available, always low paid (if at all) the only incentive was always the promised copy of the finished film for your show reel which nine times out of ten always failed to materialise. I spent many years looking after my aged mother who had dementia, hence the lack of acting work but shortly after her death I was lucky enough to run into an ex-girlfriend of many years ago and our romance blossomed once again, resulting in us getting married in 2013. My move to the countryside inspired me to write The Diary of a Country Bumpkin which tells of my continuing dilemmas in dealing with the rigors of the countryside from the unexpectedly large number of pollens, fungal moulds and hay products waiting to attack the unsuspecting townie. I enjoy writing, see my play Dulce Et Decorum Est Pro Patria Mori on The Wireless Theatre Company, The Plays Wot I Wrote and The Battle of Barking Creek both available on Amazon.co.uk and am very fond of classic cars so my ideal occupation would be acting in a film I had written set in the 1930s/40s, we live in hopes. I am delighted to say that since venturing to the countryside where space is not quite the premium it is in town, I have due to the availability of two double garages acquired more classic cars to form a small collection the pride of which are a 1947 Bentley Mk VI and a 2000 Bentley Arnage. My various blogs and websites are continually evolving and I’m sure that by following the appropriate links you will find something which will edify or amuse.
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2 Responses to IT IS LEGAL TO TRY TO ESCAPE FROM PRISON IN GERMANY.

  1. adguru101 says:

    One of my all-time favorite movies is The Great Escape, with Steve McQueen and too many other great actors to list.

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