Thursday, August 23, 2007

Aliceville Native Remembers

I heard recently from an Aliceville native who grew up there in the 1950s and 1960s, and I was happy to hear him say that he did not find any incorrect details in the story of the town and its World War II camp for German prisoners of war. This reader added post-war detail about the town, noting that once the camp shut down, local children swam in the POW pool and played baseball and football on its recreational fields. He remembered going to VFW meetings with his father in what had once been the officers' club at the camp.

This reader said he learned enlightening details he'd never been aware of but wished the book had had even more information about the tarpaper barracks, the jeeps and jazz bands, and the violin a POW made from popsicle sticks.

Whew! The book was already more than 500 pages long.

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