Stark Decency

German Prisoners of War in a New England Village

Allen V. Koop

Stark Decency

Allen V. Koop

Distributed for Dartmouth College Press

150 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $17.95 ISBN: 9780874514681 Published August 1988
Stark Decency is a window into the events of two vastly different worlds: German combat veterans captured in North Africa and Normandy, and the small New Hampshire logging town which found itself hosting the prison camp. Each side was forced to confront its prejudices and fears, and examine the merits and flaws of its ideology. Then, an astonishing thing happened: in their rural isolation, sharing harsh weather conditions and the pinch of wartime rationing, friendships began to develop. Prisoners and their guards sometimes even worked together to meet the daily pulpwood quotas, and little handmade gifts to the local villagers cemented friendships that continue to this day.
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