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Homefront Archives & Museum at Regina, Saskatchewan

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painting by George Högel

Robert J. (Bob) Henderson turned his collection of artifacts into the "Homefront Archives & Museum".

AirMuseum.ca has some background:

Bob’s interest in German PoWs began when he was 12. His parents told him stories of prisoners escaping in Northern Ontario, where he lived at the time. In 1985 he traded with a friend for a carving made by a PoW.

“I thought, ‘Well this is an area of Canadian history that is completely ignored and unknown. If everything is as nice as this carving, I’m going to start collecting it’.”

The most treasured piece in his collection is a PoW’s painting of a soldier walking with his machine gun on his shoulder. The 250 cm. X 120 cm. Painting is done in shades of brown and cream.


In SEPT 1996, Mr. George HOEGAL of Munchen, Germany, wrote to identify himself as the artist who had painted the picture.

Follow the link to read more.

Bob has graciously sent me some additional material on one of Klaus Conrad's escapes, which I will post to the blog at some point.

Bob's contact info:
Homefront Archives & Museum
6015-5th Ave.
Regina, SK S4T 6V4
(306) 543-5822

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Museum Exhibit: "For You, The War is Over"

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Galt Museum

In 2009, The Military Museums in Calgary, Alberta featured an exhibit called "For You, the War is Over." In 2008 it was displayed at the Galt Museum and Archives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

A little known story from WWII is that nearly 34,000 German prisoners of war were sent to internment camps in Canada. As part of the war effort, Alberta housed and manned four of the largest camps. Many Albertans who served overseas were made prisoners in Germany, including those captured at Dieppe in 1942 and members of the Royal Canadian Air Force shot down over enemy territory.

This exhibit compares the prison experience of Canadian and German POWs.

A few highlights are covered in the media kit. (pdf)

For additional details, see the very interesting blog created by Jill Browne.

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Museum: Camp Opelika, Alabama

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The Museum of East Alabama includes an exhibit on Camp Opelika:

Interesting camp equipment, such as the guard tower spotlight ... and the last remaining barracks building

The Encyclopedia of Alabama has a great article on POW camps in the state:

During World War II, the state of Alabama was home to approximately 16,000 German prisoners of war (POWs) in 24 camps.


The Army Corps of Engineers constructed Alabama's first camps during the winter of 1942-1943. Army doctrine dictated that camps be built either at existing military bases or at sites distant from major cities and industrial centers, and military surveyors toured the state for suitable locations.


Camp Opelika was capable of housing 3,000 POWs

(There's lots more in the article.)

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The Aliceville (Alabama) Museum and Cultural Center

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One of the largest POW camps in the U.S. was located in Aliceville, Alabama. It had the capacity to hold 6,000 POWs.

The Aliceville Museum and Cultural Arts Center includes a permanent collection that features:

...lasting artistic expressions made by the Germans. Through their paintings, letters, books, sculptures, wood crafting, pottery, musical instruments and photographs a vivid picture of life at Camp Aliceville is revealed.

The museum also shows a 14 minute documentary which includes interviews with former POWs and military guards.

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Camp Algona Museum (Iowa)

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During WWII, a Camp in Algona, IA housed 10,000 German POWs. In 2004, the town opened a German POW museum with four exhibits.

According to the museum's website:

Many residents and vistors remark that they had no idea such a camp existed, so the Camp Algona POW Museum seeks to inform and educate visitors about this important time in history, both for Algona and the world at large.

Their website includes many interesting photos and stories.

For instance:

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Bus-eum Tour, April 13 (Largo, FL) and April 17 (Englewood, FL)

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According to the schedule, the museum bus has upcoming stops in Florida:

April 13, 2010 Largo Public Library, Largo, FL

April 17, 2010 Elsie Quirk Library, Englewood, FL

Those are the last stops on the list; not sure if more will be added.

Related Posts:
   1. Camp Algona slideshows (Iowa) (Jun 09, 2010)
   2. Encounters with Midwesterners: personal stories (Apr 15, 2010)
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Bus-eum Tour: Held in the Heartland: German POWs in the Midwest 1943-46

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We recently discovered an interesting traveling museum called "Held in the Heartland: German POWs in the Midwest 1943-46."

The tour is a part of a traveling exhibit program by TRACES. According to their site:

TRACES is a non-profit educational organization created to gather, preserve and present stories of people from the Midwest and Germany or Austria who encountered each other during World War II.

TRACES converted a 40-foot school bus into a mobile classroom and museum. On the bus:

The exhibit consists of 15 narrative display panels illustrated with photographs and documents, audio and DVD documentaries, artifacts and more.

The tour began in 2009.

More information:

See the next post for 2 upcoming stops in Florida.

Related Posts:
   1. Earning, spending and saving at POW Camp Algona (Iowa) (Jul 14, 2010)
   2. Camp Algona slideshows (Iowa) (Jun 09, 2010)
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