Saturday, March 28, 2020

dad's POW 2 minute video with artwork

This 2 minute video is a quick summary of Dad's WWII POW experience:
WWII Cartoon at Lit lounge exhibition

The black text is what I sent to Marilyn Walton, who with Mike Eberhardt, has published two books and a Stalag III research center in Zagen, Poland to tell about POWs in German camps.  Marilyn’s response in red type says dad was shot down three days after Stalag III prisoners were marched away from the advancing Red Army to Stalag VIIA. 
These are overview photos of XIIID See POW “signs” to allied airforce

This is what dad and I came up with for his 1945 experience in Germany:  Lieutenant Wm. Franklin McMahon had a second mission (US Army Airforce 303 Bombers Group) to target Mannheim, and after two missions to target Merseberg Germany, His 16th bombing mission (the second mission to Mannheim), subbing with another bomber group in a B17 named “Red” was shot down in Pirmasens, Germany. They were interrogated in Durchgangslager der Lutwaffe (shortened to Dulagluft, a Luftwaffe interrogation center). He saw his crew(they parachuted out separately and landed in different areas) in a Dulagluft in the town of Oberursel, a northern part of Frankfurt. along the Rhine. I remember dad saying during his forced march, he spent time in a Nuremberg building that we stayed in as a youth hostel in ’71. 
Stalag XIII-D N├╝rnberg Langwasser was a German Army World War II prisoner-of-war camp built on what had been the Nazi party rally grounds in Nuremberg, northern Bavaria.  Oflag  (just means officer’s camp – same as Stalag) XIIIA was a former camp for French POWs, and it was also on the rally grounds, but it had been initially closed in 1941. They must have reopened it in 1945 for the overflow from XIIID. It was adjacent to Stalag XIIID.

Stalag Luft III  is where my father and Mike’s were held. They had to march to trains in Spremberg, Germany, and endure a horrendous 3 day, 4 night trip in overcrowded box cars. They went directly to Stalag VIIA in Moosburg. West Compound of SLIII went to the camp in Nuremberg and then marched to Moosburg. Your father went down very late in the war. He went down 3 days after SLIII was evacuated for their march. So he must have been taken directly from interrogation in Dulag Luft to XIIID in Nuremberg, probably by train. When he got there, he was in with over 2000 men from SLIII’s West Compound. (It had 5 compounds.

From Stalag XIIID (This had been a POW camp for Italian POWs previously, and absolutely filthy and too close to a bombing target of Nuremberg’s  train station.) he marched over 100 miles to Stalag VIIA in Moosberg and near Dachau. Stalag XIII A was also mentioned, but it is not clear to me how it fit in? Any ideas?

This march will be featured in Hanks/Spielberg’s new miniseries, Masters of the Airon Apple t.v. complete with the strafings. I am a script consultant for the series. The weather on the march was more rain than snow when they first started out. Then it got sunny and warmer. Many men escaped as the German guards just didn’t care anymore. They knew the war was over for them and they had lost. Many German homes along the way welcomed the marchers and shared meals with them. The march from SLIII was bitterly cold and blizzard like. Third day in, it was more rain and slush and had warmed also, and that would have been early Feb. by the time that column which stretched for 20 miles got to Moosburg.

These are Gramma Mac’s postcards from her European tour including Bavaria where dad has been a POW.  And a response postcard from friends who said she was on a European tour in 1956, a year before we moved to Spain:

Two books by Marilyn and Mike,
Commander to Captive  and Interrogation to Liberation 
Ordering from Mike directly funds the SLVII research center
Michael C. Eberhardt
6006 Club Oaks Drive
Dallas, Texas  75248


Sunday, February 9, 2020

Franklin McMahon Chicago Eight Trial Paintings Exhibition

6:30 pm, Chicago Eight exhibition viewing

7:00 pm, Reading by Margot McMahon: “1968 Happened: A convergence at the family dinner table”

8:00 pm, Dinner nearby at Francesca's on Chestnut, 200 E Chestnut St., Chicago IL
This year marks the 50th anniversary of one of the country’s most controversial cases, the Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial.

In late August 1968, the city hosted the Democratic National Convention at the International Amphitheatre, which was located on the south side. This was a tumultuous time in America; Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert “Bobby” Kennedy had been assassinated that same year, and the country was in the middle of a very controversial war in Vietnam.

Activists saw the Democratic National Convention as an opportunity to protest the War and their leaders. They filed for permits to protest in the city’s parks, but most were denied; instead, they were granted one rally at Grant Park and an 11 o’clock nightly curfew. Because of these restrictions, riots erupted in the parks and the streets, leading to violence between the police and protestors.

Sixteen men were held responsible for this disaster: eight police officers and eight protestors. None of the police officers received any punishment—either their charges were dropped or they were cleared in court. The protestors, on the other hand, had became co-defendants in a long, messy trial.

This exhibit presents the chaos of the Chicago Eight Conspiracy Trial through the lens of three courtroom sketch artists: Andy Austin, Franklin McMahon, and Verna Sadock. Each has a unique artistic style that brings to life the characters and events that ensued

Contact Information

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Date & Location

Date: 2/27/2020
Time: 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: Northwestern University Law School
Pritzker Legal Research Center Gallery
Northwestern University Law School
Exhibit Gallery, 3rd Floor

375 E. Chicago Avenue

2019 WFM Exhibitions

RESIST! Wm. Franklin McMahon
Scheduled 2019 Exhibitions

History Center of Lake Forest-Lake Bluff January 2019

Euclid Church, Oak Park for Black History

Princeton University Special Collections, March 2019

Oak Park History Museum, through June 2020

Northwestern Law School, September 2019 -March 2020

Margot's CLC Reading at Cliffdwellers, 1968 Happened December 

"1968 Happened" Cliffdwellers CLC Reading

Pritzker Research Library
Northwestern Law School
Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

Conspiracy Exhibition Pritzker Research Library Northwestern Law School

Friday, May 11, 2018

In conjunction with Oak Park Art League's
Art for Social Change: Sanctuary National Postcard Exhibition
In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the Fair Housing Ordinance (1968)
and addressing current Sanctuary City political rhetoric, the Oak Park Art League presents postcards from artists that explore legislative policies of past and present that support diversity, inclusion, racial equity and human rights.

May 11-June 1, 2018 7-9 pm
Preview Party May 10, 2018 7-9 pm
Opening Reception May 11, 2018 7-9 pm

Oak Park Art League
720 Chicago Ave, Oak Park 60302