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[u]Discovery of POW camp provides lesson in history[/u]

November 25, 2006

JACKMAN, Maine --It took some searching, but 11 eighth-graders from Forest Hills Middle School pinpointed a long-forgotten landmark: a World War II prisoner of war camp 15 miles south of town at Spencer Lake.

"It was a big secret that there was a camp out there," said teacher Deborah Achey, whose students did research on camps built in Maine to house German captives.

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Naran -

I've heard stories from people who remember German POW's picking potatoes in Aroostook County.

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I interviewed one of the prison guards from the Seboomook POW camp a few years ago. He said that the Germans had a tough time learning how to work in the woods, but they were great cooks.

He also had some tales about attempted escapes. No one ever did it successfully, and many who tried simply retraced their steps and came back to the camp.

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There was a POW camp near Danforth. Several prisoners decided they would escape by following the Mattawamkeag River to the ocean and get a ship to Europe by claiming they were Dutch. When the escape was announced a Game Warden figured out their likely route and captured them in Winn.

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Good stories, guys, thanks. I bet the escapees figured out real quick that between bears, skeeters and black flies, the camp wasn't so bad after all. :D

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One of our former AMG gadflies, Bill Randall (aka "MainelyME, aka "Rockpond1") was. at one time, working on a book on the Jackman camp. I'm not sure whatever happened to his project.

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[i]PUT OUT THAT LIGHT, SOLDIER![/i]

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Back in the early seventies I cut wood into Spring Lake and back around into Spencer Gut. We used to get into the area through a road that left Eustis or North New Portland. When we started going in through Eustis the old fellows in the logging camp at that time showed us where the POW camp was. At that time there was still a few buildings there but most of it had all grown up. The buildings that were there were falling in and very little could be scene of what it must have once looked like. One thing is for sure, at that time, the only way to get there quickly was from Eustis via the Spring Lake Road.

Fast forward to 1992.

Two friends of mine and myself acquired a sea concession for Diamond prospecting in Namibia. Our headquarters was in Luderitz. Many Germans still live in Luderitz but at that time some of the old timers from WW2 were still alive and living there. One of the locals that I met was a contractor by the name of Faulker Janker (pronounce "yonka"). He was about my same age and we became friends.

His father however was a german soldier during WW2 and wanted absolutely nothing to do with me until one day he found out where I was from. NOW comes the interesting and funny part. He was a POW in non other then the POW camp at Spencer Pond. As soon as he found out I was from Maine he could not stop talking about that camp and what life was like there. VIA his son translating I soon found out why he wanted to talk to me!!! He said of everything he had ever had in the world he would never forget the Baked Beans and Biscuts that had been fed to him at that camp. He asked me if I knew how to cook beans and if I could make the Maine biscuts that went with them.

I cooked him a pot of home made beans and a big tray of biscuts. From that time on he always greeted me with a smile. Once a month I would bring him a pot of beans and biscuts for the rest of the time that I was there.

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Jemhunter, thank you for telling us these stories. I love the part about the beans and biscuits. Quite a tribute to Maine hospitality despite their situation. Sure a long way from the Gitmo tales we're supposed to believe. :lol:

I hope the students in Jackman can somehow hear these stories related to their research.

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When I was five years old in 1944 and living in Lubec an occasional drive we used to take was to visit a German POW camp in the vicinity. I can't remember where it was - Princeton maybe. I recall being astounded at the ball game which they were often playing called soccer which was as foreign to me as the prisoners themselves and I recall thinking that compared to us the prisoners had a remarkably easy lives.

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From the St. Croix Observer June 1st 1944

On the morning of may 5th Woodland presented an appearance quite similar to an old time Labor day. A special train drawn by two engines arrived shortly before 8 a.m. and nearly everybody in town gathered near the station to watch the unloading of the first detachment of german prisoners to arrive in this section of the country. There were 286 prisoners and 30 armed guards on the train, and surprisong as it may seem, the prisoners were a jolly lot of young men ranging in age from 14 to 23 years.
They were practically all germans captured in the Tunisian campaign. They were loaded into trucks bound for the C.C.C. Camp at Princeton, me. The old camp has been converted into a prison Camp enclosed by an electrically charged wire fence 12 ft. high, with watchtowers amd floodlights at each corner. The men are already at work peeling pulpwood for various mills in Eastern maine. They work in groups of 40 with one armed guard for each 5 men. The Army collects the prevailing wage rate and each prisoner is allowed 80 cents a day and his board. A canteen has been established at the camp where beer and cigarettes can be purchased and the lucky guys get their liquid refreshments for about 1/2 of what it costs the citizens of this state.

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Twenty years ago a buddy of mine ran into a guy in Vienna who saw his UMe. sweatshirt and insisted on buying him a beer. Turns out the man had been a POW and been given a job driving a laundry truck in Bangor for three years. He dated local girls, got to drive an American truck (he emphasized the 'american"-in those days it meant quality and power) earned money and ate better than he had back in Germany. He loved Maine and upon repatriation, was greeted by a bombed out city and no future. He told Ryan that his days in Maine were some of the best of his life.
The Maine Historical society Journal had a small article on POWs back in 1999. Sadly, many of the POWs taken in Normandy and working here were Cossacks or natives of Belarus and the Kazach (sp?) republics. They'd been anti-Soviet and recruited from German POW camps while Russian conscripts. Upon being sent back to the USSR in 1946 they were machine gunned by the KGB.

Anybody ever hear about the spies dropped off by Uboats? One is still alive in Florida today. It's quite a story.

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My Dad was a prison guard at the POW camp in Symrna. He said the every once in a great while they would have a few problems with them so they would make them walk back to the camp in the winter time with no shirts on. He said that would clear up any misunderstanding.

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