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Linda McCann at Garwin Library By Margaret Thomsen

June 6, 2019
Northern-Sun Print
Author Linda Betsinger McCann presented a program on “Prisoners of War in Iowa” at the Garwin Public Library on May 15. She has written several books about this historical time during World War II. It is not a commonly know fact that many prisoners of war during World War II were housed in Iowa. McCann commented, “At one prison camp there were 3,000 prisoners and only 100 guards available. Because of fear of an overthrow, the prisoners were taken very good care of. They ate well and were treated with respect. There were prisoners held in 45 of the 48 states. Most in Iowa were from Germany. The Japanese were housed on the west coast.” McCann added, “There was a prison camp right here in Tama County at Toledo. Because so many of the Iowa men were fighting in the war, the prisoners were put to work in factories and many of them went out to work on farms with Iowa farmers.

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Author Linda McCann is pictured as she address a group at the Garwin Public Library She wrote the book, “Prisoners of War” and is an expert on prisoners of war held in camps in Iowa during World War II. She has also written a series of books called, “The Lost Series”. These books focus on Iowa towns that are no longer in existence.



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