Mine Enemy: the Story of German POWs in America

Posted on May 12, 2014 in Programs, Specials | 1 comment

Mine Enemy: the Story of German POWs in America

A one-hour documentary special, Mine Enemy, brings to life a nearly forgotten aspect of life on the wartime homefront, whose ripples were felt on both sides of the ocean for years to come. The sound-rich program includes the voices of former German POWs and Americans who remember them, and archival sound from the period.
Mine Enemy is produced by Alison Jones together with Peabody award-winning editor Deborah George and hosted by veteran public radio producer John Biewen.
LENGTH: 1 hour

One Comment

  1. I was a Navy seaman 1/c with my last year assignment in 1945/46 to Camp Wallace Texas which was located between Texas City and Galveston. My job was
    to work as a financial clerk to close out pay records of returning Navy personnel after the termination of World War II

    This was also a prison camp for German prisoners that had a four tower security prison compound which was opened each morning on work days. It should be noted that no German prisoner had never tried to escape from Camp Wallace. However, while there a few of the German prisoners that did try to escape going back to East Germany. They really wanted to stay in the USA. They were not married and were afraid that they might be forced to go back to East Germany.

    They were rounded up and advised that they could stay in West Germany if they wished, but they had to go back to Germany.

    The majority of the German prisoners were allowed freedom from their security compound to perform local work within Camp Wallace each day. I became a friend of one of the prisoners. I was working as a young clerk one day and having trouble closing out a difficult pay record. As he was pushing a floor broom past my small student desk he noticed that I was having a problem.

    Since he had been there for several years or more, he had become aware and knowledgable of my job and offered to assist me. He quickly solved my problem.

    My new German friend had been captured in Northern Africa and had been assigned to Camp Wallace as a prisoner back in early 1944. He studied english and became very fluent in our language and culture. I believed he really wanted to stay in the USA. In fact, I believe he did come back, but not for sure since West Germany had become a democratic nation

    F. A, Hannah,

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