Today we had a patron in looking for information on German Prisoner of War (POW) camps in Idaho during World War II. Wait what?
Between 1943 and 1946, twenty-one POW camps operated in Idaho. The largest of these was near Paul, a small town in Minidoka County. This camp, known as Camp Rupert, held over 15,000 prisoners. These prisoners could be hired out to work on local farms, and were apparently treated much better than US POWs.
Very little information on Camp Rupert and other POW camps in Idaho exists in our collection. As Audrey Neiwerth, a Minidoka County Historical Society board member stated, “This is certainly nothing to celebrate, but it is something to commemorate.” However, if one is interested, there is more information (and pictures!) at the links provided below.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmbALOYAGbk (Great pictures in this video)