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Nazi Prisoners of War in America Paperback – July 23, 1996
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Absorbing. Krammer's valuable book breaks ground and exposes a unique side of the drama. (Publishers Weekly)
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Of particular interest was the discussion of how the camps were run, the photographs of the prisoners and the stories of their escapes. Also, some stories were quite humorous: the story where the Americans tell the Germans to clean their barracks/common rooms and the German POWS refuse. The Americans perform a trick by telling them a high-ranking German officer would be imprisoned there to get them to comply without the use of force. This was quite clever.On the flip-side I found it disturbing that the American army officials preferred to supervise hard-core nazis in prisons because they were easier to manage, rather than anti-nazis. At times these officials encouraged nazism!
I recommend this book for a different and balanced look into the past.
NAZI PRISONERS OF WAR IN AMERICA is a concise and (apparently) comprehensive overview, which describes the incarceration of the roughly 375,000 captured members of the German military in 500+ camps and branch camps thoughout the United States from May 1942 to July 1946. The book's eight chapters summarize the process from initial capture and dispatch westward across the Atlantic through repatriation and return to Europe. In between, author Arnold Krammer depicts the general layout of the camps, the life behind barbed wire, the work and re-education programs, the escapes, and the ideological tensions between the ardently Nazi minority and non-Nazi majority that generally resulted in internal control of a camp's inmate population by the former prisoner group. Each chapter has a 4 to 8 page photo section relevant to its topic. The 44 pages of notes, based on a 15-page bibliography, indicate a commendable and thorough level of research.
As an informative exercise about an interesting topic, I can't find fault with NAZI PRISONERS OF WAR IN AMERICA. As a work of popular history for one casually interested in the subject, it's completely satisfying in all respects.
At times, there's even humor of a sort. In the chapter "Escapes", the author relates the incident wherein three U-boat submariners fled into the hills of Tennessee, where one was subsequently shot dead by an old granny defending her water pump. When told by the local deputy sheriff whom she'd killed, she broke down saying she'd never have fired if she'd known the men were Germans. Asked who she thought the intruders were, she replied:
"I thought they wuz Yankees." Bobbie Lee would have been proud.
My only complaint is the title of this book as not all WWII prisoners were Nazis. In fact, they were mostly kept separate from the regular German army prisoners. There were many German prisoners used in the Midwest where, because of the great number of German emigrant farmers, language barriers were minimal. Also some farmers had relatives in the German army.
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This book was thoroughly researched, is packed with little known information and is fun to read. Of course, there were problems and snafus as the Defense Department had to quickly... Read morePublished 29 days ago by historybuff3
EXCELLENT READING . ABOUT A LITTLE KNOW PART OF WW 2. CK IT OUT. !Published 5 months ago by RANDAL I. MOWERS
This book is packed with a million facts yet highly readable. The title is a little misleading. It should be "German Prisoners of War" instead of "Nazi. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Walt Christophersen
Half a million German and allied Prisoners of war spent time in US POW camps. Kramer discusses the policies, the programs, the statistics of it all in an easily readable style,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cleo
Every one should read a book of the history of the war so it is not repeated. We teated the Germans so much better the they did our men.Published 19 months ago by Sandra Rhodes
I am a huge WWII buff, and like most Americans, have little to no knowledge of POWs in our country during the war. This book did a lot to open my eyes. Read morePublished 23 months ago by kbfambuyer
This compilation is irreplaceable with fact and photos of the post 1943 timeline that encompasses the internment of Prisoners of WW II in the United States. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Kindle Customer
Fascinating still after all these years - I have a WWII library and I have had this book for over 30 years. Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by PatnCat