THE JEWISH POW
It would be remiss to write a book on the experience of the American POW of World War II without including a section on the treatment of the Jewish-American prisoner of war by the Germans. In a vast number of cases and nearly until the conclusion of the war, the treatment of the Jewish POW was no different from that of the non-Jew, as evidenced in the first of the following three interviews. But one glaring exception does exist, and that deals with the removal and transfer of 350 American POWs, approximately 150 of whom were Jews and the remaining 200 of whom the Germans thought to be Jews, from a prisoner-of-war camp named Bad Orb to the death camp Berga-Elster. There is some evidence that the Germans, in a last-minute, desperate effort, were planning to exterminate all Jewish-American POWs near the end of the war, as suggested by the two recollections that follow this one. These two stories speak for themselves.