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German POWs in America

The U.S. government detained nearly half a million Nazi prisoners of war in 511 camps across the country between the years 1942 and 1945. German Soldiers were imprisoned in 45 of the 48 states.

Recommended reading about how the US handled this massive migration of enemy soldiers into their country and absorbed them into their communities. The German Prisoners of War imprisoned in the United States during WWII provided needed manpower and services. 

Hitler's Soldiers in the Sunshine State: German POWs in Florida

The only book-length analysis of the German Florida POW experience. This book tells the story of the 10,000 men who were "guests" of Uncle Sam in Florida. Twenty-seven POW camps were set up in Florida, where the German prisoners worked in the civilian citrus and sugar cane industry. As in all states, there were escapes, internal battles among the prisoners, and life-long friendships made among peoples of two nations.
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Behind Barbed Wire: German Prisoner of War Camps in Minnesota

More than fifteen POW camps housing German captives existed in Minnesota during World War II. This history of those camps tells how they worked, how the POWs contributed to the Minnesota economy during the war years, and, how the camps were closed.
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Stark Decency : German Prisoners of War in a New England Village by Allen V. Koop

A study of one New Hampshire logging community that served as a German POW depot, where life-long friendships arose between the prisoners and the local residents as both dealt with the harsh winters and war-time deprivations.
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Stalag Wisconsin : Inside WWII Prisoner of War Camps by Betty Cowley

A comprehensive look inside Wisconsin's 38 branch camps that held 20,000 Nazi and Japanese prisoners of war during World War II. Most worked on farms, harvesting peas and other crops. Many of these prisoners blended with the local community, drinking at taverns and even dating local young women. Some returned and settled in Wisconsin after their release. Their familiarity with local residents caused resentment by returning soliders who had battled them in Europe and Asia. Written by a Wisconsin school teacher whose students didn't believe her when she said German POWs had been housed in their community during the war.
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Reluctant Warrior : Former German POW Finds Peace in Texas by Heino R. Erichsen

First-person account of a German POW in Texas. This autobiography covers the soldier's childhood as a Hitler youth, his service in the Afrika corps, leading to his capture and imprisonment in Texas. This is an incredible insider view of the prison camps. After being repatriated back to Europe (where he had to serve several more years of forced labor before being free to return home), he eventually returned to Texas, where he became an American citizen and now lives.
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Nazi Prisoners of War in America by Arnold Krammer

This book provides a great overview of all the prison camps and communities in the US during World War II. A look at the hasty conversion of high school gyms, local fairgrounds, and racetracks to serve as holding areas, and the public relations problems that ensued. It covers the escapes, Nazism in the camps, kangaroo courts, and political murders among the prisoners. A fascinating history of one of the most incredible facets of America's participation in World War Two.
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