Central New York POW Collection

Cover Image:
CCC Camp S-122. Co 1241, Boonville NY
CCC Camp S-122. Co 1241, Boonville NY - Image Source

Collection Facts

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Historical Context

During World War II, more than 350,000 German prisoners of war were sent to the prison camps scattered across the United States.  Under the Geneva Convention prisoners were to be treated by the same standards as American servicemen.  Some 511 German prisoners were located in Central New York and were allowed to work for wages in order to buy items at the camp store.  POWs seemed to have an unusual degree of freedom in some of the camps and escaped frequently, only to be quickly recaptured.

Scope of Collection

This collection contains pictures, newspaper articles, and reports from 1944 to 1945 regarding Central New York prisoner of war camps in Oneida and Jefferson counties.  These include Pine Camp and Hawkinsville Camp in Jefferson county, a camp in Boonville, NY (Oneida county) as well as articles on POWs in Utica and Rome, NY.