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The German POW Experience in Michigan

  • North Berrien Historical Museum 300 Coloma Avenue Coloma, MI, 49038 United States (map)

Between 1942 and 1945, nearly 400,000 German Prisoners of War were placed in camps throughout the United States. There were 32 camps here in Michigan, including ones in Coloma, Benton Harbor, and Hartford. Dr. Howard Poole will shed light on the experiences of these captured men including how they were transported from Europe and back after the war, stories of individual POWs while in the U.S., as well as stories of POWs who returned to the U.S. after the war. 

Dr. Poole grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana with a farming background. He attended Purdue University first majoring in agriculture (BS and MS degrees in Animal Science) and then shifting to Educational Research and Science Education for a doctorate degree in 1972. He joined Western Michigan University's faculty in 1972 where he worked until he retired in 2004.

No RSVP is required for this free program. Questions? Contact the museum at (269) 468-3330 or