State was home to 6,000 POWs during WWII

Diane K. Bert

At their November meeting, members of the American Association of University Women learned about a little-known chapter in American history. Greg Sumner gave an interesting presentation on German POWs housed in Michigan during WWII.

AAUW is a well-educated women’s organization that supports lifelong learning and educational and career opportunities for women through scholarships and grants. Monthly meetings and many interest groups provide enriching experiences for members.

“When my husband found out about our AAUW meeting, he was shocked. I didn’t know this part of the story existed, ”said Rita Dates. “Sumner reinforced the idea that Americans have compassion and humanity, including some families who have experienced the loss of loved ones.”

Sumner is a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy and chair of the history department. He has been a Fulbright scholar and has written four books on historical subjects. The subject of his talk was his book “Michigan POW Camps in World War II”.

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