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Museum exhibit shows how
World War II POWs relied
on creativity in captivity

Times-Picayune [New Orleans, LA], by John Pope

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Posted By:Ribicon, 11/23/2012 1:12:00 AM

When Allied soldiers and airmen were thrown into German prison camps during World War II, they entered a grim world. Armed guards in towers kept watch over the camps, which were encircled by electrified barbed-wire fences. The captives slept on hard, wooden bunks in drafty barracks, and often dropped substantial amounts of weight – some to the point of emaciation – because of the meager and unpalatable food options. About 1,120 soldiers died. Life there was tough, as “Guests of the Third Reich,” the current exhibit at the National World War II Museum, shows. But the desperate conditions forced the inmates

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It always gets me when I consider what these men and their families endured, then look at where we as a nation are today.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: JHSMom02, 11/23/2012 1:47:08 AM     (No. 9030099)

Amazing story, amazing pictures!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Spidey, 11/23/2012 3:33:51 AM     (No. 9030129)

I can´t believe they didn´t have a nice soccer field out back. Oh,wait.

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