Prisoners of War in Iowa During WWII
Linda Betsinger McCann will give a program about prisoners of war in Iowa during World War II on Sunday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Marshalltown Public Library’s community meeting rooms.
There were about 25,000 German, Italian, and Japanese prisoners of war in Iowa during WWII. At the branch camps, prisoners helped farmers, worked in canning factories, and, somewhat, took the place of the young men fighting in the war from Iowa. 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.
Linda Betsinger McCann is an author who researches and writes about the history of Iowa. McCann is the author of the Iowan Books’ Lost County series in which she explores the towns, institutions, and other history that may have been forgotten in counties across Iowa as well as several other books. Many of her books can be found in the Marshalltown Public Library’s collection.
Books will be for sale after the presentation. This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Marshalltown Public Library and is free to the community. For questions or more information, please contact the Library’s Information Desk at 641-754-5738 ext. 4.