During World War II, there were approximately 372,000 German prisoners of war held in camps in the United States. These often rural camps, such as Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, were suddenly home to hundreds or thousands of young, captured German soldiers. This clash of cultures could have erupted in acts of hatred, violence, and discrimination.
But in Lawrenceburg, the opposite happened. The captives and their guards formed lifelong friendships that outlasted the war. It is a story about tolerance and acceptance, even in times of crisis. With the intolerance we see today, we can learn from the unlikely events that took place in World War II and the lessons that still resonate today.
The Stribling-Brock Collection of letters housed Lipscomb University’s Beaman Library tells this unexpected story. A primary theme throughout these letters is that relationships can dissolve stereotypes and transcend politics.
Lipscomb University is currently seeking funding for this documentary. If you wish to know more about this project, please contact Sarah Gibson at email@example.com.