The Aliceville POW Museum and Cultural Center preserves the history of the Prisoners of War Camp that was located in Aliceville during World War II. The Museum has become an important institution in the preservation of this period in history because not many visible reminders remain.
All in all there were 700 camps in the country and an estimated 425,000 Axis soldiers were interned during this time. Aliceville was the location for one of the largest POW camps. It was able to accommodate 6,000 prisoners and employ over 1,000 American military and civilian personnel. The first prisoners to be detained in the camp arrived on June 2, 1943, coming from North Africa by train. Many of them came from Field Marshall Erwin Rommel?s Africakorp.
In Aliceville today, only a large stone chimney that was built by the prisoners and a history marker are the only evidences left that the campsite existed.
The Aliceville POW Museum and Cultural Center houses the remaining artistic expressions from the Germans that include paintings, books, letters, sculptures, pottery, wood crafting, musical instruments, and photographs that show life at the camp.
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