In common with other prisoner of war camps in Britain, Lodge Moor saw its share of drama. On 20 December a group of German prisoners managed to escape the site — but were captured in nearby Rotherham just 24 hours later. Another escape plan ended in grisly fashion.
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One prisoner, Gerhardt Rettig, was chased around the Nissen huts by hundreds of inmates and beaten to a pulp after being suspected of tipping off Allied guards about a planned break-out in March Rettig later died in prison and his alleged killers were put on trial in London later that year. Two men, Armin Keuhne, 18, and Emil Schmittendorf, 31, were found guilty of his murder and executed by hanging at Pentonville prison in November The students involved in the study said they hoped their findings would be used to preserve and restore the site and the surrounding woodland.
The woodland hides it well. It hides the secrets of all the thousands of men who were housed there merely decades ago. Topics Second world war.
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