German POW

Between June 2, 1943, when the first train carrying German prisoners arrived at the Frisco Railroad Depot in Aliceville, and its closing in September 1945, the Aliceville Prisoner of War camp was home to over 6,000 German prisoners of war (POWs). Many of the first arrivals were members of Field Marshal Erwin Rommel’s famed Afrika Corps.

German POWs, who arrived on the first train carrying prisoners, marching to Camp Aliceville from the Frisco Depot, June 2, 1943.

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Early photo of the Aliceville Frisco Railroad Depot, now demolished, where the POWs arrived.

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The German POW Collection features hundreds of artifacts from the camp including furniture, documents, photographs, uniforms, and POW produced works of art such as paintings, sculptures, and pottery.

Learn how the POWs spent their time in captivity, how they were treated, and about lifelong friendships that developed between the prisoners, camp personnel, and the residents of Aliceville.

The exhibit features a fifteen minute video comprised of interviews with former POWs, camp personnel, and townspeople.

This stone chimney, once attached to the American Enlisted Men’s Club, is the only structure that remains of the nearly 400 buildings that once stood at Camp Aliceville.

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Drawing by a German POW showing the interior of a typical barracks at Camp Aliceville.

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Photo of the cast of a POW theatre production.  All of the cast members playing women were male POWs.

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Scene of daily life in a POW compound in Camp Aliceville.  The POWs did extensive landscaping in the camp.

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POWs participating in a relay race at Camp Aliceville – one of many sports events in which they could take part.

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