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Posted 2 years ago

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scottvez
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I recently picked up this "hidden gem" in a large estate grouping of paperwork.

The gem was a Thank You letter written by a German Prisoner of War (POW) being held in a stateside POW camp at Camp Carson, Colorado.

The POW writes to an American Officer to thank him for his nice treatment of prisoners. Apparently, the US officer was sent to an Army Hospital for treatment for a foot problem. The POW writes to also wish him luck in the coming year.

Luckily, the group includes the original ink letter penned in German along with a translation of the letter that was done at the US Hopital where the officer was being treated.

Rarely do POW letters from Axis POWs come up for sale in the US-- probably many more overseas with loved ones. It is very unusual to find one written as a thank you to an American Officer!

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scott

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  1. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks buss.

    scott
  2. Chrisnp Chrisnp, 2 years ago
    Very Nice!
  3. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks chris-- I was happy to get it. The other parts of the group (advertising items) will cover me for the total cost!

    scott
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 2 years ago
    The POW's were treated far better on this continent than in Europe & Asia.
  5. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Yes they were-- esp. when compared with our POWs held by the Japanese.

    scott
  6. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    That's a Great Find Scott!! Is there any way you could trace this down and get this back to his Family??
  7. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    No idea, musik-- it is not something that I typically pursue. I have enough other research projects!

    It would probably have a connection to SOMEONE in the US officer's family, BUT it was sold at an estate sale of THEIR FAMILY items.

    scott
  8. mrmajestic1 mrmajestic1, 2 years ago
    This POW camp was less than a mile from where I live now. Interesting anecdote
    involves from escapees from this camp climbing Cheyenne Mountain (the steepest rising mountain in the U.S., and home to NORAD.) and planting a Nazi swastika flag. They were up there quite a few days until they surrendered. There is and was then a road to the top but to avoid detection they climbed up the slopes.
  9. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks for sharing majestic! Sounds like they were some serious diehards-- probably got an ass beating from the other prisoners for that escape!

    scott
  10. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks vetraio.

    scott
  11. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    Thank You Scott. I will never understand Family's that would let this kind of keepsake get away from them Thanks again Scott.
  12. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    It is confusing to those of us with a "collector" mindset, but just remember, if every family kept these items there would be very little available in the collectors market!

    scott
  13. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    You do have a Point Scott.
  14. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks again for looking musik!

    scott
  15. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks bellin and manikin@

    scott
  16. scottvez scottvez, 2 years ago
    Thanks again tlmbaran!

    scott

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