Camden man to recall time spent with German POWs on Aroostook County farm

German prisoners of war pick potatoes in Houlton circa 1945.
Photo reprinted by permission of Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum and Maine Memory Network
German prisoners of war pick potatoes in Houlton circa 1945.
Posted March 16, 2012, at 4:42 p.m.
Last modified March 16, 2012, at 5:48 p.m.

UNION, Maine — During the next Union Historical Society meeting in April, member Hank Lunn of Camden will give an illustrated talk on his boyhood experience with the German prisoners of war who worked on his family’s Aroostook County potato farm.

Lunn will talk about how toward the end of WWII about 2,000 German prisoners of war were housed at an Army base in Houlton.

During the months that they were there, many of the POWs picked potatoes for area farmers and cut wood at logging camps.

Lunn, who was 13 at the time, will describe how the experience of having German POW workers on a family farm changed his mind, and the minds of many others, about the definitions of “foe” and “friend.” Pictures, POW letters and news articles will be available for the audience to peruse.

The talk, titled “From Foe to Friend: 1944-46, Aroostook County,” is free and open to the public. It will begin at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday April 4, at the Robbins House, 343 Common Road on Union Common.

For more information, call 785-5444 and leave a message, or visit www.unionhistoricalsociety.org.

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