“Monopoly” board games helped thousands of Allied POWs escape German camps.
Germany allowed the Red Cross to send care packages to POWs and among the items that could to be sent were board games. Special Monopoly boxes were created that contained items to help the prisoners escape:
- German, French, and Italian money currency was hidden within the Monopoly money.
- A metal file, hidden within the board.
- A small compass hidden in a play piece
- Silk maps of the prison and it’s location hidden inside the hotel pieces.