"Seventy years ago—July 23, 1944—signs suddenly appeared at prisoner of war camps in Germany: “ESCAPE FROM PRISON CAMPS IS NO LONGER A SPORT.” Those signs meant the Gestapo had murdered 50 escapees from Stalag Luft III." Only three of the goal of 200 escaped. Why did they even try? In the film "The Great Escape", one escapee, moments before he died, responded "Tunneling Kept me alive. I've never been happier." great Marvin Olasky article.