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Schneider and Mary talk during a scene in “The Tears of Valour,” a movie about a POW camp for Germans that operated in Frederick during World War II. (PRNewsFoto/Urbane Legends Entertainment)

Crowdfunding campaign launched for film on German POW camp in Frederick

Producers of a movie about a POW camp for Germans that operated in Frederick during World War II are launching a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the project.

Urbane Legends Entertainment launched the  campaign for its new film, “The Tears of Valour,” on May 7, the 70th anniversary of the German surrender at the end of World War II.

The film recounts an escape attempt by a group of German prisoners-of-war from Camp Frederick.  Although the story is fictional, it is based on a monthly average of 100 escape attempts nationwide from such camps, the producers said.

Between 1943 and 1946, the U.S. government held about 370,000 German POWs in over 500 camps nationwide, the filmmakers said. Camp Frederick was home for as many as 400 prisoners between September 1944 and May 1946. During that time, 525 farmers and 20 different industries employed prisoners from the camp, paying about $300,000 to the U.S. Army for their labor.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in early September and end in late November 2015. Reiner Prochaska, the director and writer of the film, said it will be shot primarily at Hagerstown and Frederick locations.

The project’s Indiegogo campaign is sponsored by Fractured Atlas, a nonprofit arts service organization.