Camp Concordia WWII POW Camp

Good Day Kansas

Much to my surprise the largest and one of the most well-liked POW camps during WWII is located in Kansas. One of the 16 POW Camps across the state, Camp Concordia POW Camp was well known amongst the German soldiers held there as one of the “best places to live.” In fact many German soldiers even returned to Concordia after being set free and sent back home to Germany. This blew me away. However when I learned the prisoners were grateful for the quality of life and ability to hold a job, eat three meals a day and even maintain hobbies like painting and writing it seemed to make sense.

When soldiers from Hilter’s Nazi German Army were captured and brought to Concordia they were treated much better than they were when they were living in Germany. At Camp Concordia inmates were afforded opportunity to hold a job, receive an education, enjoy a peaceful home and even explore and grow their talents in different things like painting, writing or even baking.

Learning about the camp from Tour Guide Barbara Shunn was such an incredible experience, I highly encourage you to make the trip to see the camp and learn about our history. Visit POW Camp Concordia on Facebook for more information and to plan a trip.

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