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BUS-eum features German POW exhibit

November 1, 2008

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During World War II, the area near the intersection of 11th Street and Haskell Avenue included a prisoner of war camp that held German soldiers, captured during the campaigns in Europe and Africa.

On Wednesday, the story of German POWs in the Midwest is coming to Lawrence in an exhibit housed in a converted school bus. The bus, part of a traveling exhibit created by the Minneapolis-based TRACES Center for History and Culture, will be parked at the east entrance of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt., from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

The BUS-eum features 10 narrative panels and films to illustrate the POW experience during World War II. The exhibit, called "Held in the Heartland: German POWs in the Midwest, 1943-46," includes information about the experience of POWs after the war, when many immigrated to the United States.

About 327,000 Germans were held in the United States during the war.

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