Michigan POW Camps in WWII - Author Talk

March 27, 2019, 6:30pm - 8:00pm

Ferndale Area District Library

Adult, Educational, Family Friendly, Free, Library

During World War II, Michigan became a temporary home to 6,000 German and Italian Prisoners of War (POWs). At a time of homefront labor shortages, they picked fruit in Berrien County, harvested sugar beets in the Thumb, cut pulpwood in the Upper Peninsula and maintained parks and other public spaces in Detroit. As a Professor of History at U-D Mercy, Dr. Gregory Sumner appreciates that “you’ll never stop finding stories to tell” that occurred during the years of World War II. He’s following up his 2015 book on the “Arsenal of Democracy” with “...a nice little story that’s set in the quiet middle America, unfolding amidst this horrific, near-apocalyptic global war.” Dr. Sumner will be at the Ferndale Library on Thu., Jan. 31 (at 6:30 pm) to discuss his latest book, Michigan POW Camps in WWII. Hear The Story of Michigan’s POW Camps During WWII with Gregory Sumner
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