Program on WWII POW crop pickers to be held Feb. 16

The Grafton Historical Society will present “Hidden History: When German WWII POWs Harvested Our Crops” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16.

The program, which will be held at the Rose-Harms American Legion Hall in Grafton, will be presented by author Lucy Sanna, whose debut novel, “The Cherry Harvest,” reveals a hidden side of the home front during World War II when German prisoners of war were put to work on a Door County cherry orchard with dark and unexpected consequences.

“The Cherry Harvest” was selected as a Book Club Pick by the Midwest Interdependent Booksellers Association and as the Book Club Pick of the Summer by the Wisconsin State Journal.

Sanna will talk about a time when thousands of German POWs were brought to Wisconsin — including Ozaukee County — because the military needed a useful and safe way to intern them and the state needed workers.

The program is free and open to the public.

Refreshments and a cash bar will be available.

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The Legion post is at 1540 13th Ave.



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