ATLANTIC - A program on prisoners of war in Iowa will be coming to the Atlantic Legion Memorial Building on Sept. 15 at 2 p.m.
This program was originally scheduled for last January and February, but bad weather resulted in cancellation both times.
Enemy soldiers invaded Iowa, legally, during World War II. German, Italian and Japanese prisoners held in two major and 30 branch camps worked on farms and in agricultural related businesses.
A program, “Working with the Enemy,” will be presented by Chad Timm, Professor at Simpson College. He heard stories from his grandmother who told him about Japanese men who worked at Earl May in 1945. Their conversation sparked an interest to find out more.
Atlantic Rock Island Society Enterprise (ARISE) sponsors the program. Funds have been received from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for Humanities. Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
There is no fee to attend. Everyone is welcome. The meeting space is handicapped accessable. Refreshments will be offered. The Military Museum, Military Library and Atlantic History Center will be open for viewing.