Antoinette May

Was "The Cherry Harvest" based on true incident?. Were German prisoners of war really quartered in civilian homes or property?

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Lucy Sanna Thanks for the question, Antoinette.
Yes, WWII POWs were housed in camps across Wisconsin. The Army didn't want to alarm civilians, so they asked the media to keep the facts under wraps, and the media complied. Thus, the news has been suppressed. POWs were called on to replace the men who were off at war, including the migrant workers who joined the war or found better paying jobs at the shipyards.
Regarding the actual cherry orchard on Lake Michigan and characters in the novel, they are totally fictional. Orchards did exist in that area, and at least one of them was right there on the lakeshore, but the story ... well we don't know whether or not it happened because no one ever told.
Lauren Davis There were German prisoners kept in many small towns. The small city where I live across from Baton Rouge, LA (Port Allen) had many in a camp right in the middle of the town and they were brought each day to work in the sugarcane fields since so many of the workers were off at war.
DeeAnn Yes, my mother remembers German soldiers working at the sugar beet farm of her father in Utah.
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