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German Prisoners Taken on D-Day

German prisoners
Description: Painting, Gouache on Board; by Alexander Russo; 1944; Framed Dimensions 25H X 30W
Accession #: 88-198-AB
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These prisoners comprised a diverse group: Czechs, Poles, Yugoslavs and even a group of Mongolians.  Probably the most dangerous prisoners were the group of German boys, aged sixteen or seventeen.  They had grown up under Hitler’s authoritative regime, been thoroughly indoctrinated in his ideology, and couldn’t quite understand what had happened to them or comprehend their situation.

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Wars & Conflicts
  • World War II 1939-1945
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