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Forum Planned on Wilmington's WWII German POW Camp

Witnesses to Unique Aspect of Local World War II History to Tell Their Stories at Event

August 28, 2013

POW Barracks line what is now a residential area southeast of Wilmington College.

POW Barracks line what is now a residential area southeast of Wilmington College.

A unique aspect of World War II involving the city of Wilmington will be presented at a public forum Sept. 17, at 7 p.m., at the Clinton County History Center.

For three months in 1945, Wilmington was the site of a German prisoner-of-war camp located near Wilmington College on land now traversed by Doan St. and Marlena Dr.

The forum is titled “Friendship Out of Adversity: The German POW Experience in Clinton County.”

Its purpose is to gather the stories of those that remember the camp, which was here some 68 years ago. Unlike the horror stories that emanated from POW camps run by the Germans and Japanese, many of the Wilmington stories highlight the kindness that local residents bestowed upon the incarcerated German soldiers, many of whom worked on local farms.

Watson Library, the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center and Neil Snarr, emeritus professor of sociology, are presenting the event along with the History Center, Wilmington Public Library and Wilmington News Journal.