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AMC_Brazil2016Most prison camps wouldn’t want their detainees digging tunnels to freedom. But at Ed’s camp, it was a way to keep the prisoners occupied…

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An Opera House In Rural America

Today you don’t see many opera stars performing in rural America. But a century ago, the name on many buildings would lead you to believe those booming voices were a regular on small town stages… SharePrintEmail

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At first glance, housing enemy soldiers in low security camps in the Midwest may not have seemed wise.  But for those who decided to escape, they soon found they had nowhere hostile to go… SharePrintEmail

Prisoners of War in the Midwest

During World War II thousands of enemy soldiers taken as prisoners of war where housed in hastily built camps in the Midwest.  Most were peaceful, but here in central Kansas, the endeavor had an auspicious beginning… SharePrintEmail

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What Looks Like Another Street in Suburban Boston

Beals Street looks to be just another street in suburban Boston.  But one house here is special, as it’s a home that produced a family lineage that’s still in the public eye today… SharePrintEmail

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An Early Tourist Trap

If a vacation spot tried to sell you all kinds of tacky trinkets and charged you a mint to enter the attraction, you might call it a “tourist trap.” Over a century ago such a situation was already taking place with people selling fake items to unsuspecting tourists. SharePrintEmail

Pirates Roaming the Seas in Search of Treasure

We’ve all heard stories of pirates roaming the seas in search of golden treasure. It’s true there were men roaming the waters to commander and plunder other vessels, but what they were in search of was often not precious metals. SharePrintEmail

More With Holocaust Survivor Judy Straus

We conclude our story with Holocaust survivor Judy Straus.  If you’ve missed any of her story of tragedy and triumph, be sure to go to AmericanCountryside.com and listen to each feature… SharePrintEmail

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As the end of World War II in Europe drew ever closer, the Germans stepped up the pace of sending Jewish families to death camps.  For the three members of the Straus family, each of their lives was very much in jeopardy… SharePrintEmail

Nazi Death Camps Through the Eyes of a Child

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Some boys grow up hunting animals in the woods.  That was the case for Carl Mays, but he didn’t use a gun to hit his target and that made all the difference in his future career… SharePrintEmail

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