Back in September The Times published the obituary of Eduard Luedtke, who had just died at the age of 91. The piece was headed ‘Last of the German prisoners of war who worked on English farms during the war and then settled here in peacetime’ (see my blog post of 1 November). But in fact he was only one of the last.
When the obituary appeared, ex-POW Theo Dengel contacted The Times to let them know that he was still alive and kicking —“or just about”. Elsewhere a woman anxiously called her grandfather – another former prisoner of war – to make sure he was OK.
Accordingly, a piece appeared in yesterday’s Times (page 90), as part of the paper’s Armistice coverage. Written by journalist Nigel Farndale, it mentions several of the surviving German ex-prisoners, while providing an excellent account of the 400,000 German POWs who were in Britain between 1939 and 1948. Nigel used my book, Hitler’s Last Army, as a source of information for the feature and kindly acknowledged this in his piece. Online version here.