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The German Pows In South Carolina (Studies in American History) Hardcover – January 30, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0773462823 ISBN-10: 0773462821
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"In her thoroughly researched and timely book, Ms. Deann Bice Segal gives us a glimpse of the 8,000 to 11,000 German Prisoners of war who found themselves incarcerated in South Carolina during the Second World War. These POWs, "the enemy among us" or the so-called "Supermen" of the 1940's were mysterious to the people of rural South Carolina who, as the war continued, needed laborers to assist in agriculture, the lumber industry and manufacturing. Ms. Segal tells us about the complex relationships that arose in southern communities and among American government agencies that, in wartime, developed policies for accommodating the prisoners who lived in the camps. The author goes further, however, than official documents and strengthens her analysis by including details from interviews with former POWs (such as German sailor Albert Brathe) and the residents of the Carolina towns which hosted the Germans. As Ms. Segal writes, her book examines "life behind the wire" (e.g., food and health care), the benefits to the state's economy, local adjustments to the foreigners, and the prisoners' impressions of the conditions in which they were held. All of this occurred, as the author stresses, in an era in which the Geneva Convention guidelines for POWs were relatively untested... This study is thoughtfully prepared and sharply presented. It gives the reader a grasp of America at war and the individuals who, on the home front, tried to sort through their own economic challenges as men far from their homeland adjusted to life "behind the wire" in rural South Carolina." - (from the Commendatory Preface) Joseph Edward Lee, Ph.D., Winthrop University"

About the Author

Deann Bice Segal received an M.A. in History from Winthrop University and currently teaches Spanish at York Comprehensive High School in York, South Carolina and at Winthrop University.

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Product Details

  • Series: Studies in American History
  • Hardcover: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Edwin Mellen Pr (January 30, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0773462821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0773462823
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,523,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Was disappointed it did not include info on POW's working in Marion Cty, SC (I picked blueberries with them). but other interesting info in bk
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