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Stark Decency is a window into the events of two vastly different worlds: German combat veterans captured in North Africa and Normandy, and the small New Hampshire logging town which found itself hosting the prison camp. Each side was forced to confront its prejudices and fears, and examine the merits and flaws of its ideology. Then, an astonishing thing happened: in their ...more
Paperback, 150 pages
Published August 1st 1988 by University Press of New England
(first published 1988)
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I had heard about the German POW Camp in Stark and wanted to read this book for some time. German POW's in the US is not a topic that is much talked about, and I suspect most people don't know about it. I certainly didn't realize the extent of it. Almost 400,000 German soldiers were POW's in the US, and there were POW camps in all of the then 48 states. They were, on the whole, treated decently and humanely and properly fed, and put to work to offset the labor shortages resulting from the war. ...more
A friend of mine who has a camp up in Stark, nh told me about this German pow camp and I was shocked! I didn't even know that any POWs were held in the US during ww2, let alone in northern nh. But it was true and she showed me that we even had this book about it in my library! Took some adjusting to get into the book as it is non fiction but after a while I settled into it. I really appreciate that this book was written... It was a good experience to learn a little bit more about my home state! ...more
Feb 15, 2008 Peter rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: WWII buffs, historians
What a great book. It should be made into a movie! It had all the elements of a great story (bar a romance) - a good narrative, humans beings in tough situations, some good humor, and a heart warming tale of people overcoming differences bonding in an unique way. One of the best books I read that year!
This brief history of a German POW camp in New Hampshire never really got going. I was interested to learn that there were, in fact, German POW camps in the US (in almost every state) during WWII. This little book's contribution to that history is largely anecdotal.