Michigan POW Camps in Southwest Michigan
Published by Heritage Museum
Friday 16th of August 2019
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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.