Thomas Naegele, Behind Barbed Wire

Nebraska Stories

Air Date: 02/01/2024

Artist Thomas Naegele, a German-born war refugee, entered another unexpected chapter in his young life when he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. In the midst of the war, with German prisoners of war incarcerated in America, Thomas was assigned to Internment Camp Indianola in Nebraska, to serve as an interpreter. In his free time, he painted scenes depicting everyday life at the prison camp. Experience history through the eyes of this extraordinary artist, where art becomes a window to a poignant past.

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