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.
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.