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SPLINTERS OF A NATION
Wednesday, May 17, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM| Free
Directed by G. Scott Porter
56 min | 2016 | USA | Not Rated
Presented in English and German with English subtitles.
*Post-film discussion with director Scott Porter and historian Kent Powell
During World War II more than 370,000 German prisoners of war were captured overseas and sent to prison camps across America. Splinters of a Nation tells the extraordinary story of 8,000 prisoners who were sent to Utah. For more than three years, these prisoners worked side-by-side with thousands of Utahns on farms and factories across the state. This powerful collision of two enemies on the homefront created life-changing exchanges and left behind some extraordinary tales. There were heroes, villains, murders, escapes, as well as amazing acts of humanity and inspiring friendships cast against the bitter backdrop of the war. Tragedy marked the end of their stay as a deranged American guard opened fire on hundreds of sleeping prisoners, killing nine and wounding 19. This tragic event in the small rural town of Salina became the largest WWII massacre on American soil.
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