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      Jason Wetzel: Georgia POW Camps in World War II in Athens

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      October 17, 2019

      Thursday   6:30 PM - 7:30 PM

      489 Prince Avenue Old Fire, Hall No 2
      Athens, Georgia 30601

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      Jason Wetzel: Georgia POW Camps in World War II

      Avid Bookshop and Historic Athens presents Jason Wetzel for his book, GEORGIA POW CAMPS IN WORLD WAR II. This event will take place on Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 6:30-7:30pm at Old Fire Hall No. 2 beside Avid on Prince and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase a copy of the book to get it signed by the author!

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      During World War II, many Georgians witnessed the enemy in their backyards. More than twelve thousand German and Italian prisoners captured in far-off battlefields were sent to POW camps in Georgia. With large base camps located from Camp Wheeler in Macon and Camp Stewart in Savannah to smaller camps throughout the state, prisoner reeducation and work programs evoked different reactions to the enemy. There was even a POW work detail of forty German soldiers at Augusta National Golf Course, which was changed from a temporary cow pasture to the splendid golf course we know today. Join author and historian Dr. Kathryn Roe Coker and coauthor Jason Wetzel as they explore the daily lives of POWs in Georgia and the lasting impact they had on the Peach State.


      Jason Wetzel has an MA in education and history from Georgia State University. The bulk of his working life was in telecommunications, with side forays as a high school teacher and a Department of the Army historian. His interest is in World War II history. He was born in Australia during World War II. His mother was an Australian war bride, and he is an Australian war baby. Dahlonega, Georgia, is home.

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Literary & Books | Politics & Activism

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