Camp 59 Today

These images, provided by Ian McCarthy of Associazione Casa della Memoria, show the camp as it appears today.


Inside the walls (today used as a field for sports)



The patched hole in the wall, though which the POWs escaped in September 1943



Two surviving buildings outside the camp walls that were used as barracks for guards and/or storage


The brick infirmary


Memorial plaques


A barbed wire-topped stone wall

5 thoughts on “Camp 59 Today

  1. Malcolm Parker

    It is amazing to see the place where my great uncle Walter Austin Parker was held captive. I have heard stories from my mother and father, but most of the information was kept private as he was broken man when he returned home. Thank you for your story on them. Regards Malcolm Parker

    1. Dennis Hill Post author

      Hi Malcolm, I’m so glad to hear from you. I understood from information I received from researcher Marco Soggetto that your great uncle was an Australian who escaped to Switzerland from northern Italy. However, I have no confirmation that he was in Camp 59. Early last year, I received a note from Dawn Hurst, who is Walter’s niece. I assume you know her? She sent me a list of camps Walter was in. I’d be glad to send that list to you. You can e-mail me at – Dennis Hill

  2. Malcolm Parker

    As my father has passed away 25 years ago we have lost touch with the family, Walter’s brother Harold was my grandfather, so I have only found out about Walter in the last week, as we are tracking down our family history. Any information on Walter would be greatly appreciated. Regards Malcolm

  3. Pamela Robinson

    My name is Pamela. I’m Jimmy Feehan’s daughter. Dad rarely spoke of his time during the war. Thank you you so very much for this. One thing of interest—dad had a stutter, but not when he was speaking Italian. I have pics of him and other soldiers in Egypt. Would love to share so others may spot their loved ones. Where do I send them?


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