SENIOR: Author describes life as a WWII prisoner of warFirst-hand accounts of what it was like being a prisoner of war is the subject of a presentation in Superior.
First-hand accounts of what it was like being a prisoner of war is the subject of a presentation in Superior.
The Richard I. Bong World War II Heritage Center hosts a program featuring Dr. Thomas Saylor, author of “Long Road Home,” at 1 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Heritage Center.
Between 1941 and 1945, more than 110,000 American servicemen were taken prisoner by German, Italian and Japanese forces. Most who fought overseas weren’t prepared for capture or for the life-altering experiences of incarceration, torture and camaraderie bred of the hardship that followed. Their harrowing and often overlooked story is told in “Long Hard Road” by the POWs themselves.
“Long Road Home” is based on interviews gathered by the POW Oral History Project, based at Concordia University, St. Paul, where Dr. Saylor is associate professor of the Department of History and director of the Faculty Scholarship Center.
“Long Road Home” and Saylor’s earlier book, “Remembering the Good War: Minnesota’s Greatest Generation” are published by the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Copies of both will be available for purchase the day of the free program.