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Stark Decency: German Prisoners of War in a New England Village
by Allen V. Koop
foreword by Hartmut Lang
Dartmouth College Press, 1988
Paper: 978-0-87451-468-1 | eISBN: 978-1-61168-100-0 | Cloth: 978-0-87451-458-2
Library of Congress Classification D805.U6K57 1988
Dewey Decimal Classification 940.547273097421

Stark Decency is a window into the events of two vastly different worlds: German combat veterans captured in North Africa and Normandy, and the small New Hampshire logging town which found itself hosting the prison camp. Each side was forced to confront its prejudices and fears, and examine the merits and flaws of its ideology. Then, an astonishing thing happened: in their rural isolation, sharing harsh weather conditions and the pinch of wartime rationing, friendships began to develop. Prisoners and their guards sometimes even worked together to meet the daily pulpwood quotas, and little handmade gifts to the local villagers cemented friendships that continue to this day.
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