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Prisoners on the Plains 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-0929115009
ISBN-10: 0929115007
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 295 pages
  • Publisher: Phelps County Historial Soc; 1st edition (July 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0929115007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0929115009
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,630,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By S. Landers on April 17, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a young girl growing up in Holdrege, NE., during WWII, I witnessed the building of this POW camp and knew some of the prisoners who lived there. This book describes the camp, the prisoners and the people who worked with them. It brings a little known part of the war into our living rooms and gives faces and being to those thousands of Germans who were incarceraterd in this country. A good read.
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While "Prisoners On The Plains" does an excellent job of documenting what life was like for Italian, German and other captured Axis forces held in the United States P.O.W. camps, the book goes far beyond that. It describes and documents the conditions in the United States leading up to and into World War II. It also points out that the P.O.W.s performed a valuable service by providing the much needed labor to plant and harvest crops to feed our country and to assist the war effort.

It's been said that the safest and best place for a German male between the ages of 14 and 60 during WWII was in an American Prisoner of War camp. This is undoubtedly true as the book points out that many of these German prisoners came back to the U.S. after the war to raise their families. They had learned first hand how democracy works because even as prisoners they were paid a small amount in script for their work. The camps were almost entirely self sufficient, with the P.O.W.s running their own dining halls, laundries, bakeries, etc. The script they earned was redeemable at their own canteens in the camps whereby they could purchase items for personal use. I never knew what a valuable service these captured enemy soldiers did for our country until I read "Prisoners On The Plains." Without their efforts, the U.S. farmers would have been hard pressed to raise and harvest their crops. As a general rule, the farm community gave high praise to the P.O.W.s as workers. Farmers often invited the P.O.W.'s to share meals with their families, which was against Army regulations.

Everyone interested in U.S. history should read this book. It is a real "eye opener"!
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