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Prisoners of War at Camp Trinidad, Colorado 1943 - 1946: Internment, Intimidation, Incompetence and Country Club Living Paperback – August 15, 2007
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A window to the past through which we can view life in an unusual place where men learned to survive and ultimately, thrive, in unexpected ways. Both entertaining and informative, this is a book anyone who is interested in history will want to own. --Cosette Henritze, former publisher, The Chronicle-News, Trinidad, Colorado
Kurt Landsberger shares an incredible memoir of his experiences at a World War II German POW internment camp. Interweaving remembrances with photographs and newspaper clippings, this story chronicles an often overlooked and forgotten story. This read is sure to educate and enlighten our understanding of this period, and a role one individual played in that history. --William McKale, director, Fort Riley Cavalry Museum
The POW camps in the U.S. during World War II have long been ignored by historians, but now Mr. Landsberger s book has done much to correct this. An account of a prisoner-of-war camp that few works can match. --Lowell A. May, author of Camp Concordia: German POWs in the Midwest and co-author of Prisoners of War in Kansas, 1943-1946
About the Author
Kurt Landsberger is a columnist for a chain of New Jersey publications. Raised in Vienna, he fled to the United States when the Nazis marched into Austria and in his new country, was inducted into the U.S. Army. Kurt and his wife are involved in numerous Holocaust and environmental philanthropic activities. His first book, William Steinitz, Chess Champion, was recently reissued as a paperback.
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This book was eye-opening for me in many ways. I learned about a little-known aspect of US history; Landsberger does a great job researching and providing background, in addition to his own recollections and personal photos. It is also a fascinating contrast with how we treat current military prisoners. Contrast Trinidad and Guantanoamo and you have a very interesting study of differences, not only in how the prisoners lived and were treated, but in how things turned out afterwards. Following the war, the prisoners and their former captors formed an alumni association and they now have regular (friendly) reunions. Landsberger does us a great service by also tracking down and translating the letters and diaries of some of those former POWs, so you get a look at both sides of the story. A very well-researched, valuable account.