Creator

Date Original

1943

Description

This photo was taken by the United States Army Signal Corps in order to document the prisoners-of-war time spent in the camps. This image shows nine German prisoners-of-war in the mass hall at Camp Robinson in Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

During World War II, Camp Joseph T. Robinson in North Little Rock, Arkansas, served as a German prisoner-of-war camp, with a capacity of 4000 prisoners. Lieutenant Colonel Virgil Caldwell was in charge of the prisoners at Camp Robinson in 1943. By 1945, about 23,000 Germans and Italians had been sent to Arkansas camps. The prisoners were frequently assigned farm work to fill the void left by Arkansas men who were fighting in the war. The camps were disassembled in 1946 at which time the prisoners returned to Europe. The United States had a positive effect on the former prisoners-of-war because many of them made repatriation to the United States government and returned to America.

Transcription

U.S. Army Signal Corps
Camp Jos. T. Robinson

Physical Description

Black and white photo, 10" x 8"

Subjects

World War, 1939-1945; Military camps; Prisoners; Prisoners of war; Prisons

Geographical Area

North Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark)

Language

English

Identifier

General photo file, G3705.10

Resource Type

Image

Collection

General photo file

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

German Prisoners of War Camp at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas in the mess hall., General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6901 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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German Prisoners of War Camp at Camp Joseph T. Robinson, Arkansas in the mess hall.

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