Nazi Prisoners of War in America (Magill's Literary Annual 1980)
Arnold Krammer, a Professor of History at Texas A & M University, has selected a sound research topic for his book Nazi Prisoners of War in America. His is the most comprehensive treatment yet published of the story of the incarceration of some 400,000 German prisoners of war at internment places across the United States from the arrival of the first of them in 1942 to the departure of the last in July of 1946. Krammer has worked extensively with archival records, primarily those of the War Department, and with other United States government materials and documents. He has also used the gleanings of interviews and correspondence with former German prisoners of war, materials which are generally revealing, although a highly demanding reader might wish that they had been gathered even more extensively, and reviewed, analyzed, and exploited in an even more systematic way—perhaps, as would be possible, by quantitative analysis of such data.
Many readers will be most interested in what became of these former prisoners of war once they were repatriated to Germany, and Krammer clearly sets the stage for this inquiry. He does not, however, pursue it, making mainly random comments on the post-war fates of individual former prisoners of war. The main body of his book is concerned with the actual operations of the camps and internment centers and with the political and ideological issues at hand in confronting a vast number eventually to be returned...
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