I did research on those camps. Turns out there were over 600 POW camps in the States. Most were work camps filled with German and Italian prisoners. The one down the road from my mom’s house was called Skokie Valley POW Camp. The prisoners would farm and work in the orchards that used to be around here. They even built a chapel on the old Glenview Naval Air Base near where I grew up.
One of the books I read was called “We Were Each Other’s Prisoners” and told the story of a prisoner in a Michigan camp who fell in love with an American girl. They even got married after the war.
It’s funny that my good friend Chris is from Michigan and that he fell in love in one of those detainee camps too …
How to Become a Concentration Camp Guard Without Even Trying… that’s what Chris said about it all.
I know Chris liked working night shifts, because whenever they were awake, he wanted to apologize to them. When they were sleeping, He didn’t have to worry about it. He could just walk up and down the blocks all night long.
He fell in love… He missed the cups.
Above Image: "Guantanamo Bay Detainees" Photograph source unknown.