WWII Perspectives: Michigan POW Camps

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Plymouth District Library
Waldorf/Dunning Room (1&2)

Event Details

The Tue Jan 29 Michigan POW Camp presentation has been postponed due to extreme weather (and Governor's declaration of State of Emergency given forecast of sub-zero temperatures). We will reschedule, and will notify you of the new date. Stay WARM!

During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to six thousand German and Italian POWs.  At a time of homefront 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.

Guest Speaker: Greg Sumner, Professor of History, University of Detroit Mercy, and author of Detroit in World War II (History Press, 2015) and Michigan POW Camps in World War II (History Press, 2018).
Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors
Marjorie Sadler
(734) 453-0750 ext. 205

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