Dr. James Van Keuren, Ed.D., is retired Professor of Educational Administration and Dean of the Dwight Schar College of Education at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio, where he published numerous juried journal articles. Prior to Ashland University, Dr. Van Keuren was a teacher, high school principal, school superintendent, and Assistant and Interim State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Ohio.
James Van Keuren speaks on the topic of his book.
James Van Keuren
WORLD WAR II POW CAMPS IN OHIO (2019): During World War II, more than six thousand prisoners of war resided at Camp Perry near Port Clinton, Ohio, and its branch camps at Columbus, Rossford, Cambridge, Celina, Bowling Green, Defiance, Marion, Parma, and Wilmington. From the start, the camps were a study in contradictions. The Italian prisoners who arrived first charmed locals with their affable, easygoing natures, while their German successors often put on a serious, intractable front. Some local residents fondly recall working alongside the prisoners and reuniting with them later in life. Others held the prisoners in disdain, feeling that they were coddled while natives struggled with day-to-day needs.