POW Camps in the U.S. During World War II: Background information when reading All the Little Hopes

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All the Little Hopes

A Novel

by Leah Weiss

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POW Camps in the U.S. During World War II

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German POWs board a train in Boston during WWII In Leah Weiss's All the Little Hopes, the Brown family's North Carolina farm receives an influx of laborers in the form of captured German soldiers sent from the nearby prisoner-of-war (POW) camp. Some readers may be surprised to learn that there were many such camps in the United States during World War II, and that it was not uncommon for these men to be put to work just as Weiss describes.

According to Smithsonian Magazine, more than 400,000 prisoners captured from the armies of the Axis powers (Germany, Japan and Italy) by the Americans and British came to the United States to be detained in POW camps from 1942-1945. There were 155 base camps and 511 smaller branch camps located in 46 of the 48 states, though most were established in the rural areas of the South and Southwest. Because so many American men were fighting in the war (or had been killed while fighting), there was a significant shortage of labor on farms and in factories. Thus it made sense to put the prisoners ...

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