Thursday, 19 January 2012

English POW 1, Germans 0

The HNN website is a great source for history in the news, from the big anniversaries to the genuinely quirky anecdotes. I came across this gem a few days ago – a British Prisoner of War, Major Alexis Casdagli, spent four years in a German camp during the Second World War, and took up embroidery to pass the time. However, he used his work as a fantastic form of resistance against the Germans, for he stitched secret messages on his tapestries that his captors never spotted. One tapestry, that the Germans innocently displayed in 1941, contained the words “God Save the King” and “F**k Hitler” in Morse code. The best form of passive resistance EVER.

The tapestry can be seen in the Victoria and Albert Museum. 

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