Saturday, June 23
El Dorado’s WWII History Center, 119 W. Central, is hosting a special program at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 23.
Lowell May, author of “Prisoners of War in Kansas 1943-1946” will be a special speaker, along with Paul Ramovsky, former commander of Camp Concordia, a prisoner of war camp that operated from 1943 to 1945, located two miles north and one mile east of Concordia, Kan.
Camp Concordia was the largest of 16 camps in Kansas. It mainly housed German prisoners who had been captured in battles in North Africa. It had 304 buildings, including a 177-bed hospital, a fire department, warehouses, cold storage, an officers’ club, barracks, mess halls and administrative buildings for both prisoners and American soldiers.
Today, only four structures remain, including a restored guard tower.
The public is invited to the program and view special artifacts and relics from the prison of war camps. Enjoy free jeep rides, tour the museum and view lots of interesting displays.