qLife as a POW in the thirty camps scattered across Missouri was a surprisingly pleasant experience. The men ate well and were quartered under the same conditions as the Americans assigned to guard them, and the prisoners often enjoyed a great deal of freedom. The internees worked on local farms, often qguardedq only by a bored GI snoozing under a shade tree. They organized camp theater troupes, sports leagues, and orchestras, and some prisoners studied at the camp library for classes at the POW quniversity.qq149 Church officials also used the Vatican Information Service to route messages through Rome to families of the prisoners back in Italy. Cody noted in August 1 943 that Italian prisoners transferred to Weingarten from Fort Leonard Wood who anbsp;...
|Title||:||The Enemy Among Us|
|Publisher||:||Missouri History Museum - 2003|