German POW news journals get digitized
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The state library just completed the digitization of 5 titles of German POW camp newspapers from World War 2.
These newspapers were from the Douglas and Cheyenne war camps. They depicted camp life for prisoners, as well as news that was coming in from Europe at the time.
Captured by allies in northern Africa, these prisoners were held in Wyoming, in several camps that were operational from 1942 to 1945.
These German prisoners helped boost the Wyoming economy through their punitive labor, because of the labor shortage during the war.
After the war, they were sent back to Germany, though some chose to return to live. This collection is a partnership between the Wyoming State Library and the University of Wyoming Libraries.
“Its a great resource, for looking for anyone, for just general history for genealogy work, for Wyoming history. each newspaper had a little bit of unique information about it, what was around these cities and towns, at the time and some of these towns are no longer there,” said Travis Pollok- Digital Collections & Legislative Librarian, State Library
There are 370 titles available of these historical papers and some hand-written artifacts.
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