Thursday, May 2, 2013

POW survivors to gather for museum dedication

A POW-MIA museum is being dedicated this week in St. Louis, Missouri.  American survivors from Stalag 17-B near Krems, Austria will be in attendance for the dedication as part of their reunion.  Their numbers have fallen so dramatically, and the ones who are still alive are finding it more difficult to travel, so this will be their final reunion.

[The] museum in Missouri will be the first of its kind in the United States… Veterans advocate Rich Heigert says the museum at Jefferson Barracks honors both prisoners of war as well as those missing in action.
After the dedication, the museum won't be open to the public for a few weeks, but the coordination of the final reunion of these survivors to open the museum will be a great way to honor these men.  

According to the article, Stalag 17-B "was used as a concentration camp from 1938 until 1940, when the first war prisoners were brought there — French and Polish — followed by POWs from Italy, Russia and Yugoslavia."  American prisoners of war began arriving in October 1943.

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