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Nazis, Murder And Intrigue, The Story Of Camp Hearne

For Release: January 7, 2005
College Station, TX - The first and largest POW camp in the United States was located in Hearne, Texas during World War II. Lone Star Stalag, a book about this camp and the life of the German POWs who resided there, will be the next topic discussed in the Bush Museum Issues Forum. Author, Dr. Michael Waters will discuss Lone Star Stalag, on Tuesday, January 25.

Seventy POW camps were located in Texas between 1943 and 1945, housing nearly fifty thousand German prisoners. Waters and his research team recount the story of the five thousand German POWs who lived and worked at the camp during World War II. The book reveals the hardships faced in the camp, from illegal alcohol distillation to subversion of postal services and numerous suicides. A detailed and dramatic description of life in the camp is told, including the brutal murder of Cpl. Hugo Krauss, a volunteer in the German army. With numerous photographs and drawings, the shadow world of Nazism in the camp is revealed.

MICHAEL R. WATERS is associate director of the Center for the Study of the First Americans and a professor of anthropology and geography at Texas A&M University, College Station. Waters served on more than 50 archaeological field projects in the United States, Yemen, Jamaica and Russia and is the director of the North Star Archaeological Fund.

The Bush Museum Issues Forum strives to present leading experts in their respective fields and provide a vehicle in which the local community can be engaged in discussion concerning topics and issues that face our nation. In the past, the Museum Issues Forum has addressed a wide variety of topics including terrorism, LBJ, Central Europe and the role of intelligence in national security.

The forum begins at 7 p.m. in the museum’s orientation theater. There is no cost to attend, but reservations are recommended. For more information, or to make reservations, call Amanda Urrutia at 979-691-4015.
George Bush Presidential Library and Museum
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