Tom Brokaw has called this documentary “a love letter from a niece who wants future generations to know how much we owe the Greatest Generation.” Though that’s true, Stalag Luft III: One Man’s Story also reflects a broader responsibility to history, according to both filmmaker Louise Woehrle and her uncle Charles, who lived it.
In World War II, U.S. Eighth Air Force Bombardier Lieutenant Charles Woehrle was one of 10,000 officers held in Stalag Luft III, the German POW camp depicted in John Sturges’s iconic 1963 thriller The Great Escape. Charles takes us from Pine City, Minnesota, to the European front, where his B-17, The Concho Clipper, was shot down. Four of his crew were killed in battle; the others were captured by the Nazis and detained for two long, hard years.
At age 93, Charles remembers with vivid detail his experiences, all captured in reenactments and supported by archival footage—including photographs that were used as evidence at the Nuremberg trials. This humble hero’s personal account of survival is filled with grit, grace, and the lessons he has to teach us about war, life, and the importance of a well-crafted watch.
Louise Woehrle will be in attendance
Producer: Louise Woehrle | Editor: Jim Stanger, Chip Johnson | Cinematographer: William Carlson, Chip Johnson, Greg Winter | Screenwriter: Louise Woehrle
Cast: Charles Woehrle