Michigan POW Camps in Southwest Michigan

Published by Heritage Museum

Friday 16th of August 2019

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St. St. Joseph, MI 49085

2019-08-16 18:00:00 2019-08-16 20:00:00 America/Detroit Michigan POW Camps in Southwest Michigan Author Dr. Gregory Sumner will detail the little known, yet fascinating story of the six thousand German and Italian POWs who lived and worked in Southwest Michigan during World War II. The Heritage Museum and Cultural Center, 601 Main St. St. Joseph, MI 49085 Heritage Museum

During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to six thousand German and Italian POWs. At a time of home front labor shortages, they picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb, cut pulpwood in the Upper Peninsula, and maintained parks and other public spaces in Detroit. The work programs were not flawless and not all of the prisoners were cooperative, but many of the men established enduring friendships with their captors. Author Dr. Gregory Sumner tells the story of these detainees and the ordinary Americans who embodied our highest ideals, even amid a global war.  This program is in collaboration with the Campus for Creative Aging and Region IV Area Agency on Aging. The cost is free with a suggested donation of $5.00.