incorporates selections from the actual war time diary of Jack
Woodward (A.I.F. Q.X.8750 and POW 4030) who was captured at Kalamata
Bay in Greece and imprisoned at Stalag 18a in Wolfsberg Austria
mostly at Work Camp 11072 GW
in Gradnitz (near Klagenfurt) for four years between 1941 and 1945.
Over this time, he kept a diary recording events, observations and
feelings. Cigarette parcels from the Red Cross were exchanged for
note books and pencils. He was fortunate to have guards willing to
barter. In the camp he wrote musical revues with another POW, Cid
Charmers, and conducted a choir and small orchestra. Photographs
depicting aspects of this activity still survive and some can be seen
in the links below.
Work Camp where Jack Woodward spent most of his incarceration during
World War 2. It was a very
camp with only a single barrak. Yet it managed to also have a
"little theatre" in which Woodward
Sid Charmers produced their musicals such as "Babes In The Woods".
Woodward is the violinist third from the right. This "Little
Theatre" in Gradnitz was a very temporary space.
large cast and band was assembled for music performances. The photos
were kept ver neatly in a large
with careful labelling done in Jack Woodward's hand writing. He is
seated in the front row of this
picture and Sid Charmers (UK) is seated in the third row (fourth
from the right) and wearing a tie.
and Woodward as a couple of
Cads" in performance at Gradnitz