German Prisoners of War in America:
The Camp Algona Experience
During World War II, Algona, Iowa was the site of a main camp for prisoners of war. This camp was 'home' to a total of 10,000 German prisoners from April 1944 to February 1946. The value of the work done by the prisoners in 34 branch camps in the 4 state region was estimated at $3,506,000. The average monthly population in the entire system was 3,216, although the number kept in the Algona camp rarely exceeded 2,500. The camp had a huge economic impact on the community of Algona and the surrounding area. The experience of the German prisoners in the Camp Algona system is explained in this exhibit.
Camp Algona and its Branch Camps
The opening exhibit of the museum
Branch Camp Activities
A few of the muesum's artifacts from POW life
The sketch journal of a German POW