Second World War: Captured German Soldiers

Captured German Soldiers worked American farms during the Second World War.

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A prisoner of war camp was not far from our town during the Second World War. German soldiers captured in Europe were housed at this camp. Several of them worked on farms in the area, and a few worked for our nearby neighbor. At times they were over at our place. They had a pretty good life and seemed to be enjoying it. 

One day several truckloads of the prisoners were taken through town. As they went by they waved at everyone, and people waved at them. But there was a certain amount of mystery about these fellows from so far away who were our enemies, here because they were captured in war.

As they went through town there were a few of us in my uncle's store watching them through the window. Suddenly, one little girl about 10 years old came into the store and said to her dad, "Daddy, I waved at those fellows, was that OK?" He said to her, "Sure, that was all right. I was over there in World War I, and some of them may be your brothers."

Carl W. Franke
Tucson, Arizona


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