- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Scarborough House; First softcover edition edition (July 23, 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812885619
- ISBN-13: 978-0812885613
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #234,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Nazi Prisoners of War in America Paperback – July 23, 1996
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During WW II, the U.S. held close to 400,000 German POWs in camps around the country; interviews with prison camp officials and POWs who became American citizens shed light on a seldom-discussed aspect of this country's history. "Krammer's valuable book breaks ground and exposes a unique side of the drama of Nazi fanaticism vs. the easygoing American way," said PW. Illustrated.
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This is no doubt the definitive history of one of the least-known segments of America's involvement in World War II. Fascinating. A notable addition to the history of that war. (The Seattle Times)
Delightful. Outstanding. (The Houston Post)
Absorbing. Krammer's valuable book breaks ground and exposes a unique side of the drama. (Publishers Weekly)
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held in America during WWII. I heard one of his lectures on the subject on a recent C-Span telecast, which prompted me
to order/read the "original source". Very thoroughly researched, very detailed footnoting of sources, but very readable.
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.