Prisoners of War, Houlton, 1945

Contributed by Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum

Description

In 1944 a major part of the Houlton Army Air Base was made into Camp Houlton, a Prisoner of War (POW) internment camp.

It was a violation of the Geneva Convention to force POWs to work but they could volunteer to work. Camp Houlton provided laborers for local farms to harvest peas, pick potatoes and other work but not all POWs were allowed to work on the farms for security reasons.

The prisoners were paid a dollar a day in scrip that they could spend at the post exchange, the base store, for toiletries, tobacco, chocolate, and even beer.

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About This Item

  • Title: Prisoners of War, Houlton, 1945
  • Creation Date: circa 1945
  • Subject Date: circa 1945
  • Town: Houlton
  • County: Aroostook
  • State: ME
  • Media: Photographic print
  • Dimensions: 5.3 cm x 7.8 cm
  • Collection: Catherine Bell Collection
  • Object Type: Image

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Aroostook County Historical and Art Museum
109 Main Street, Houlton, ME 04730
207-532-6984

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