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Dunkirk’s historical role in WWII

August 28, 2013
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Michelle Henry, Chautauqua County Historian/Records Management Coordinator, was introduced by Roger Britz to the Fredonia Rotary Club, where she spoke of POW camps housed in the Chautauqua Fairgrounds located in Dunkirk. From 1943 to 1945, nearly half a million prisoners of war were held in the United States. German and Italian prisoners were brought to Chautauqua County at the request of local farmers and food processing factories to aid with harvesting and packaging produce. The work of the POWs was critical to the local economy and ultimately to the success of the Allies.


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