Camp Concordia

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Camp Concordia was a Prisoner-of-war camp that operated from 1943-1945. Its location is two miles north and one mile east of Concordia, Kansas. The camp was used primarily for German army prisoners during World War II who were captured in battles that took place in Africa.

Camp Concordia was the largest Kansas camp, holding over 4,000 prisoners). The camp consisted of a complex of 300 buildings and was staffed by 800 United States soldiers.

Daily life

The prisoners arrived at Camp Concordia by train. Authorities believed the soldiers could provide useful labor for agriculture, and, almost immediately, the Germans started working with local farmers.

Interactions between prisoners

At least two reported cases of executions are recorded, both were made by prisoners on fellow prisoners (some of whom were Gestapo agents. When conclusive evidice arose, the offenders were tried and sentenced to the federal penetentiary at Leavenworth.

Interaction between locals

"Difficulties between POWs and local residents were few, and in fact friendships formed," stated Lowell May, president of the camp's preservation society. "Only a handful of escape attempts occurred, none successful." Life at the camp was easy compared with the war in Europe. Prisoners played outdoor sports,...
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