From Fatherland to Farmland: German POWs in the Great Plains


Event details

Veterans Day 2012 presentation by Matthew Thompson, registrar at the Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Abilene.

Thousands of German soldiers captured by Allies during WWII were sent to the United States to work as agricultural laborers. Many were housed in POW camps in rural Kansas. In this 1-hour presentation, learn how prisoners and townspeople in rural Kansas communities realized they had more in common than they might have imagined.

Mr. Thompson appears at the Watkins Museum courtesy of the Kansas Humanities Council "The Way We Worked" Speakers Bureau. For more information on the Speakers Bureau, visit


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