Larry Knigga, Ph.D.
[HN] Wortmann aus Oldendorf amt Melle (Follow-up)
RE: [HN] Wortmann aus Oldendorf amt Melle
[HN] POW Camp
RE: [HN] POW Camps
[HN] POW Camp
[HN] Re: Hannover-L Nachrichtensammlung, Band 25, Eint rag 76
Date: 2006/01/26 23:52:18
From: shirley greiman <shirleygreiman(a)...
Here goes Jb..and to those who replied about the POW camps on highy 18 in Iowa. From my brother who is 10 years older than me sent this to me as I thought perhaps he could lend a bit of history etc. Interesting what I learned from it too. Shirley Shirley, This is a little of what I remember of the POWs. There was a POW camp at Algona during WWII. I don't remember why, but some of the prisoners were transported to work projects in the North Iowa area from time to time. Quite frequently the buses with prisoners would stop in Garner at Ron Yohn's Shell station for gas and maybe a rest room stop. As you remember Dad could speak German, so he could communicate with the prisoners. Whenever he saw the buses in Garner, he'd stop and visit with them. Because their were so few people who spoke German or didn't take the time to visit with the prisoners , they really appreciated Dad's visits. They said they looked forward to their visits. He became a very good friend of theirs. Dad stated most of the prisoners were nice young men and said they enjoyed it here in the States. They said they were well fed, well treated and didn't have to fight in the War. The POWs created a very large and beautiful Nativity Scene. When the War was over and the POWs returned to their native Germany, they presented the Nativity Scene to the community of Algona in appreciation for the kind treatment they received. Each Christmas Season the Nativity Scene the POWs made continues to be erected and continues to attract thousands from Northern Iowa and Southern Minnesota. If the Algona area had a problem with the POWs, I never heard about it. Don't know if this is any help to you or not. Don