Michigan POW Camps

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

Event Details

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).

Sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Rescheduled from an earlier date.


Event Type(s): Adult
Age Group(s): Adults, Seniors
Marjorie Sadler
(734) 453-0750 ext. 205

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