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National Archives at Boston in Waltham to discuss WWII Italian POWs ordered to work locally

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 12, 2013 10:30 AM

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The National Archives at Boston in Waltham will present a talk later this month about World War II-era Italian prisoners of war who were ordered to Boston at the peak of the war to take on jobs to help relieve local labor shortages.

According to National Archives representatives, Italian POWs in American custody were ordered to Boston in 1944 and were received with mixed feelings from locals not knowing how to treat them. Some residents thought the Italian men "pampered" in their working roles, National Archives representatives said, while others welcomed the POWs and praised their contributions.

Historian Anne Marie Reardon will discuss the situation during a free program on Thursday, June 20 at 6 p.m. at the National Archives located at 380 Trapelo Rd. in Waltham.

The talk will introduce the history of the Italian POWs brought to Boston in 1944, and explore their impact on Greater Boston through their work and non-work interactions with local residents.

The audience is encouraged to ask questions during the event.

Registration for the program is requested by National Archives officials. To register, call toll free 866-406-2379 or email boston.archives@nara.gov.

For further information, visit the organization's website.

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