Prisoners of War in America
by Arnold Krammer
From the back cover: This is the only book available that
tells the complete story of how the U.S. government, between 1942 and 1945, detained
nearly half a million Nazi prisoners of war in 511 camps across the country. With a new
introduction, updated bibliography, and more than seventy rare photos, Nazi Prisoners in
America describes America's first experience detaining so many foreign prisoners of war.
Anyone interested in American history will want to read
about the hasty conversion of high school gyms, local fairgrounds, and racetracks to serve
as holding area, and the public relations problems that ensued. There were escapes, Nazism
in the camps, kangaroo courts, and political murders among the prisoners. One escaped
German POW received a tax rebate from the IRS and opened a bookstore in Chicago, while
another, who remained at large until 1985, surrendered after reading the hardcover edition
of this book. Nazi Prisoners of War in America is an exhaustively researched and
fascinating history of one of the most incredible facets of America's participation in
World War II.
Table of Contents:
1. From capture to camp
2. Life behind barbed wire
3. The labor program
5. Westling for the tiller
6. Hearts and minds, 1945
7. "Thank God It's Over!"
Major German POW camps in USA
Monthly Census of POWs in the continental USA.
Recommended by fellow Combat! fan "Keonin"
(aka "Scout"), Mon Feb 26, 2001 2:11pm
I'm finally just about finished reading Nazi Prisoners of War in America by
Arnold Krammer. A lot of good information in this book. So many things to
consider when housing prisoners on our soil that I never considered.
Trade paperback: 352 pages
Dimensions: 0.77 x 9.27 x 7.45"
Publisher: Scarborough House
Published July 1996
We Were Each Other's Prisoners:
An Oral History of WWII American and German Prisoners of War