POW WW2

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POW WW2

Prisoners of War during WWIIIsabel LynchClass Period AFebruary 2015

Who were Prisoners of War and how were they treated? Well, Prisoners of War during World War II were captured by the opposing nation during war and were held captive at camps. At these camps airmen, soldiers, allies, and sailors were often tortured. Others were starved and forced into labor. Those prisoners were often luckier than others, some prisoners were shot on the spot.

The care of Prisoners of War were governed by the Geneva Convention. That was a document developed in 1929 in Switzerland.It was approved by the main western powers. These included Britain, Italy, the US and Germany. Only some nations followed the rules of the convention and others were harsher to their prisoners.

Prisoners of War and their well being are still an important part of warfare today. Many prisoners are captured and imprisoned almost every battle. The amount of prisoners captured plays a big part in all the battles and can win or lose the battle. Many soilders, airmen, and soldiers are lost and captured. The absence hurts their families, friends and fellow soldiers.

In camps on the Eastern Front, the prisoners’ fate rested in the dangerous hands of Hitler and his Nazis. Many of the captives died as slave laborers. Some were transported to death camps where massive massacres took place. Soldiers who were a race “inferior” to the Aryan race were often treated harsher. Those camps often went against the convention.

I chose this topic because it really surprised me that this was a main part of war. I was very disappointed that prisoners of war are captured regularly and affect many families. I thought this was an important part of history because it has been around for a long time and has impacted many wars. I don't think many citizens know how much prisoners go through mentally and physically. I want their experiences and miseries less oblivious to men.


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