German prisoners of war demand “lebensraum” in the US

Monday, June 21, 1943

Here’s an idea for a sitcom: German soldiers in an American prisoner-of-war camp. It’s certainly funny to learn that a real-life ranking German officer complained to the commander of a Tennessee camp, “We need a swimming pool here.” He argued that “British officers have an entire village near Berlin and live like kings.” Among other lies the Germans believed: American cities had been bombed into rubble. Arriving in New York City and Philadelphia, the Germans were shocked to encounter everything intact – so shocked that they asked how the cities had been “rebuilt so fast.” And while the Germans complained about tight quarters and the scarcity of valets, Americans on the East Coast were advised to stop driving to work if they could walk there within 40 minutes.


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