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Wes Bartlett memoir

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: IWA0755

Scope and Contents

A small collection of memories about the Algona Prisoner of War Camp, published in 1994 and compiled by Wes Bartlett.


  • Creation: 1943 - 1946


Biographical / Historical

One of two prisoner-of-war campis in Iowa during Wrold War II, Camp Algona held approximately 10,000 German POWs for 18 months. Built in 1943, the prison camp began to house German POWs in 1944. Many of the POWs worked in agricultural fields in Iowa as the war had caused a lack in labor supply. The prisoners' best known legacy is the 2--by-40-foot Nativity scene that six prisoners created in 1945. The last prisoners left in Feburary 1946 and the camp was ceded to the city of Algona. Many of the Germans would remain in Iowa and the United States after being released.


0.25 linear inches

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A Collection of Memories of the Algona Prisoner of War Camp, 1943-1946, compiled by Wes Bartlett.


One folder, shelved in SCVF.

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Repository Details

Part of the Iowa Women's Archives Repository

100 Main Library
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City IA 52242 IaU
319-335-5900 (Fax)