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— The triumphs of World War II have been well documented. From “Sands of Iwo Jima” to “Saving Private Ryan,” cinemas have freely highlighted the glory of victory, the tragedy of defeat, and the epic struggle between the Allies and the Axis with a backdrop of horrific genocide now called the Holocaust.

In that story line, there is ample opportunity to discuss heroism, courage, determination, atrocity and valor and still miss out on some ofthe subtleties of the war.

The Traces Center for History and Culture focuses exclusively on the intertwining of Germany, Austria and America’s Midwest.

“Many of these stories have lain beneath the dust left in the wake of a World War most never thought touched the American Heartland,” the group states on its Web site.

The group has three current exhibits and expects to begin a fourth.

The one that will be in Rogers - named Bus-eum 3, an outdoor, mobile exhibit -details the integration of German prisoners of war into the American culture in such a way that many remained here to become citizens.

A combination of pictures, text and video, the exhibit will be at the Rogers Public Library for only three hours, from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Library Director Judy Casey said the subject of World War II is popular, as evidenced by heavy circulation of books on the topic.

The exhibit, minus video, is posted on Traces’ Web site,

News, Pages 3 on 10/14/2009

Print Headline: Rogers library to host German P.O.W. exhibit

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