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Lone Star Stalag : German prisoners of war at Camp Hearne / Michael R. Waters, with Mark Long ... [et al.].

By: Waters, Michael R.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: College Station : Texas A & M University Press, c2004Edition: 1st ed.Description: xv, 268 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm.ISBN: 1585443182 (alk. paper); 9781585443185 (alk. paper).Subject(s): Camp Hearne -- History | Camp Hearne -- Management | World War, 1939-1945 -- Prisoners and prisons, American | Prisoners of war -- Germany | Prisoners of war -- United StatesAdditional physical formats: Online version:: Lone Star Stalag.DDC classification: 940.54/72764239
Contents:
The prisoners arrive at Camp Hearne -- Life at Camp Hearne -- Problems at the camp -- The final months: from V-E Day to the camp's closing -- Camp Hearne artifacts -- Fountains, statues, and buildings -- Legacy.
Review: "Between 1943 and 1945 nearly fifty thousand German prisoners of war, mostly from the German Afrika Korps, lived and worked at seventy POW camps across Texas. Camp Hearne, located on the outskirts of rural Hearne, Texas, was one of the first and largest POW camps in the United States. Now Michael R. Waters and his research team tell the story of the five thousand German soldiers held as POWs at that camp during World War II." "Drawing on newspaper accounts and official records from the time, an archaeological study of the site, and the recollections of surviving POWs, guards, and local residents, Waters and his team have constructed a detailed description of life in the camp: educational opportunities, recreation, mail call, religious practices, work details, and the food provided. Also revealed are the more serious issues that faced the Americans inside the POW compounds: illegal alcohol distillation, suicides, escapes, hidden secret shortwave radios, and the subversion of postal services. Artifacts recovered from the site and from the collections of local residents add concrete details. Waters also discusses the national policies and motivations for the treatment of prisoners that prescribed the particulars of camp life." "The shadow world of Nazism in the camp is revealed, adding darkness to a story that is otherwise optimistic and in places even humorous. The murder of Cpl. Hugo Krauss, a German-born, New York-raised volunteer in the German army, is the most sinister and brutal example of Nazi activity. Captured in North Africa after service in Russia, Krauss was attacked seven months later by six to ten fellow prisoners who beat him to death with clubs, nail-studded boards, and a lead pipe. The dramatic recounting of the murder and the ensuing investigation illustrate much about the underlying political tensions of camp existence." "Lone Star Stalag makes a unique and notable contribution to Texas history. The narrative is enriched by numerous photographs and drawings. It will engage those interested in World War II and hold particular interest for avocational and professional historical archaeologists."--Jacket.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [239]-260) and index.

The prisoners arrive at Camp Hearne -- Life at Camp Hearne -- Problems at the camp -- The final months: from V-E Day to the camp's closing -- Camp Hearne artifacts -- Fountains, statues, and buildings -- Legacy.

"Between 1943 and 1945 nearly fifty thousand German prisoners of war, mostly from the German Afrika Korps, lived and worked at seventy POW camps across Texas. Camp Hearne, located on the outskirts of rural Hearne, Texas, was one of the first and largest POW camps in the United States. Now Michael R. Waters and his research team tell the story of the five thousand German soldiers held as POWs at that camp during World War II." "Drawing on newspaper accounts and official records from the time, an archaeological study of the site, and the recollections of surviving POWs, guards, and local residents, Waters and his team have constructed a detailed description of life in the camp: educational opportunities, recreation, mail call, religious practices, work details, and the food provided. Also revealed are the more serious issues that faced the Americans inside the POW compounds: illegal alcohol distillation, suicides, escapes, hidden secret shortwave radios, and the subversion of postal services. Artifacts recovered from the site and from the collections of local residents add concrete details. Waters also discusses the national policies and motivations for the treatment of prisoners that prescribed the particulars of camp life." "The shadow world of Nazism in the camp is revealed, adding darkness to a story that is otherwise optimistic and in places even humorous. The murder of Cpl. Hugo Krauss, a German-born, New York-raised volunteer in the German army, is the most sinister and brutal example of Nazi activity. Captured in North Africa after service in Russia, Krauss was attacked seven months later by six to ten fellow prisoners who beat him to death with clubs, nail-studded boards, and a lead pipe. The dramatic recounting of the murder and the ensuing investigation illustrate much about the underlying political tensions of camp existence." "Lone Star Stalag makes a unique and notable contribution to Texas history. The narrative is enriched by numerous photographs and drawings. It will engage those interested in World War II and hold particular interest for avocational and professional historical archaeologists."--Jacket.

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Gradually, a credible literature on WW II prisoners of war (POWs) held in the US has become available for nonspecialist readers. These works regularly include research in the archives of the Provost Marshal General's Office and interviews with surviving POWs and persons who dealt with them. This study does as well and applies the painstaking methods of teamwork archaeology to the ruins of an abandoned POW campsite near Hearne, Texas. The army constructed Camp Hearne in late 1942 for nearly 5,000 enlisted men and sergeants of the Afrika Korps and other German military units. POWs worked on nearby farms and interacted with local people. Inside the camp, they improvised social, cultural, and recreational events. US officials formally operated the camp, but Nazi loyalists dominated the lives of the POWs within, using harsh informal discipline that even included death sentences. Pro-Nazis made short-wave radio receivers, published an underground paper based on German newscasts, and used the POW postal system to set up illegal communications networks with other camps throughout the US. Photos, tables, and illustrations round out this good model for local history. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All public and academic levels/libraries. G. H. Davis emeritus, Georgia State University

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