By Ron Theodore Robin
From Stalag 17 to The Manchurian Candidate, the yankee media have lengthy been serious about tales of yankee prisoners of battle. yet few americans are conscious that enemy prisoners of battle have been incarcerated on our personal soil in the course of global conflict II. In The Barbed-Wire College Ron Robin tells the extreme tale of the 380,000 German prisoners who stuffed camps from Rhode Island to Wisconsin, Missouri to New Jersey. utilizing own narratives, camp newspapers, and army documents, Robin re-creates in arresting element the makes an attempt of criminal officers to mould the day-by-day lives and minds in their prisoners.
From 1943 onward, and despite the Geneva conference, prisoners have been subjected to an bold reeducation application designed to show them into American-style democrats. lower than the path of the Pentagon, liberal arts professors entered over 500 camps national. Deaf to the recommendation in their expert opponents, the behavioral scientists, those teachers driven via a software of arts and arts that under pressure in basic terms the beneficial properties of yank society. Aided by way of German POW collaborators, American educators censored well known books and movies with the intention to advertise democratic humanism and downplay type and race concerns, materialism, and wartime heroics. Red-baiting Pentagon officers extra their contribution to this system, besides; through the war's finish, the curriculum used to be extra interested by struggling with the appeals of communism than with removing the evils of nationwide Socialism.
The reeducation officers ignored to account for one issue: an entrenched German army culture within the camps, entire with a inflexible chain of command and a propensity for murdering "traitors." the results of their forget was once utter failure for the reeducation software. via telling the tale of the program's rocky lifestyles, besides the fact that, Ron Robin exhibits how this exciting bankruptcy of army background used to be tied to 2 the most important episodes of 20th- century American heritage: the conflict over the way forward for American schooling and the McCarthy-era hysterics that awaited postwar America.