The Friends of the Library will kick off their Spring Program Series at the Friends Annual Meeting and Tea on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 5:30 pm in the Community Room at the Boyle County Public Library. The program will feature the Kentucky Humanities Council presentation of Axis Prisoners of War in Kentucky by Dr. Richard Holl. This event is free and open to the public. An interpreter for the deaf is available upon request by contacting the Library 48-hours in advance at 859-238-7323. The program will be followed by the annual meeting.
This presentation is about German prisoners of war held in Kentucky during World War II. Fort Knox, Camp Campbell, and Camp Breckinridge set up facilities to hold thousands of POWs who were captured in Europe and North Africa and sent to the Commonwealth. When a severe shortage of workers plagued the agricultural sector due to the war effort, the German POWs were pressed into service, bringing in much of the Kentucky tobacco crop in the fall of 1944 and the fall of 1945. They also harvested tomatoes, strawberries, and other fruits and vegetables. German POWs were repatriated in 1945-1946 and a fascinating episode in Kentucky history came to an end.
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