So much of history never makes it into your standard textbooks. For example, we know there are prisoners in every war. Yet unless something catastrophic happens, like the high death rate at Andersonville, Georgia in the American Civil War or “brainwashing” in the Korean War, these stories are usually forgotten.
That’s why a podcast about World War II German POW’s caught my eye. Entitled Nazi Summer Camp, it tells about the thousands of German POWs who were brought to this country, the lives they established, and the reactions this caused. The theme is “When your enemy is at your mercy, how should you treat them?” This report especially focuses in one small town in Alabama and the impact there.
You can hear this at http://www.radiolab.org/story/nazi-summer-camp/