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    German POW's living the good life

    Quote Originally Posted by Todesengel
    It also happened in the USA, where German POWs were exterminated and German civilians were rounded up and placed in camps for merely being German. There were German witnesses who survived to tell the stories of the atrocities in the USA.
    There was a POW camp here in Michigan in the 40's. The German POW's worked in the fields doing the farm work that would have been done by the American men. The Germans were given weekend passes and aloud to go into town. They often hitch hiked to get around and joined in the local community dances and social events.

    The Japanese Americans are the ones we rounded up and placed in camps.

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    Tracing Our Roots

    My Uncle served on the German side in WWII. There was a breach in our families after the war. I cannot trace his roots from what I know.

    I am informed his father's family name was Esser; his mother's maiden name was Oriva - which he assumed after the war; that he was a POW, was granted U.S. citizenship and was permitted to immigrate to California where he died in the 1970's.

    My apologies if this should be posted elsewhere.

    Just wondering if these sketchy facts ring any bells for anyone!

    Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Schneider View Post
    There was a POW camp here in Michigan in the 40's. The German POW's worked in the fields doing the farm work that would have been done by the American men. The Germans were given weekend passes and aloud to go into town. They often hitch hiked to get around and joined in the local community dances and social events.

    The Japanese Americans are the ones we rounded up and placed in camps.

    German Americans were also rounded up and placed in camps. Some were not immigrants but third and fourth generation.

    http://www.foitimes.com/


    There were many pro NSDAP Americans before the war.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_American_Bund

    or here is the official web page if any are interested in joining.

    http://www.germanamericanbund.org/
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