Summary of Prisoner of War Experiences of Robert Venoy Reed

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Abstract: Robert Venoy Reed was born in Sylva, North Carolina on May 28, 1915. He graduated from Sylva High School in 1936 and worked as a sales clerk at the Sylva Pharmacy before joining the military in October of 1942. Reed trained as a medic for the army, and he continued his medical work while he was a prisoner of war in Germany. He was discharged from the army and returned to Sylva. He and his wife resided in Sylva for the rest of their lives (Separation Qualification Record). This document reads as a personal account, and as it is in first person, it is likely that the author was Robert Venoy Reed himself. World War II is remembered for the Holocaust, but there were also Prisoners of War (POWs) that were held in captivity for months and years. According to Arieh J. Kochavi, German POWs were often mistreated, but the German army mainly held to the Geneva Convention when it came to POWs who were considered to be racially superior, including those from Europe and the United States (Intro). Reed’s experiences as a POW are not singular, and his account of his time in Germany is a valuable addition to the history of World War II.

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Language: English
Date: 2016

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