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Guest of the Third Reich: Newton Cole

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Maj. Newton Cole, a Chemical Officer with the 29th Infantry Division was captured by the Germans seventy years ago today on D+13, June 19, 1944. He became a “Guest of the Third Reich,” one of the 93,941 Americans held as prisoners of war by Germany during WWII. The image below is taken from the journal that Newton Cole kept while a POW in Oflag 64. The entire journal can be seen on the website from our past special exhibit, Guests of the Third Reich: American POWs in Europe—the name of which was inspired by Cole and other POWs who referred to themselves as “Guests” or “Visitors” of the Reich.


Gift of the Men of Oflag 64, 2006.130.002

Post by Curator Kimberly Guise.

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