Did you know Iowa had POW Camps? Linda will be here to talk about this and her new book about the POW camps in Iowa during World War II .
There were about 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war in Iowa during WWII. Algona and Clarinda were the main camps, and there were about 17 branch camps throughout Iowa. At the branch camps, the prisoners helped farmers, worked in canning factories, and, somewhat, took the place of the young men fighting in the war from Iowa. Without the POWs, probably many people and soldiers would have starved. Linda has been able to speak with people who worked with the prisoners, had them work on their farms, or just got to know them. Many POWs brought their families to Iowa to see where they had been imprisoned and to meet the people who made the prisoners life better.