Melissa Marsh’s new book, Nebraska POW Camps, is a superb, well-written overview of the Nebraska POW camps, the camp system, and the Intellectual Diversion Program. The IDP was a re-education course designed to show Nazi POWS the merits of democracy. Fort Robinson was a successful national model for the IDP. Nebraska also has the singular honor of not one reported incident of prisoner abuse.
Nebraska POW Camps is a comprehensive look at a nearly forgotten period of our state’s history. It has numerous illustrations and is of interest to the general reader as well as the local history or WWII fan.