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Huber, Evelyn

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Sources of labor during World War II, including German and Italian POWs

Interviewee Evelyn Huber, female, born in 1908
Date Range 1941-1945
Date & Location June 8, 2000, Consultant's home in Anthony, New Mexico
Project Prisoners of War in New Mexico Agriculture
Region Southwest New Mexico
Number of Tapes 1
Transcribed June 20, 2000
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Tape 1, Side A

Consultant said cotton and alfalfa was grown during World War II. She told of utilizing German and Italian POWs delivered to the farm from Canutillo and guarded by an American soldier. She said they mainly thinned the cotton crop and asked why so much had to be planted, only to be thinned. She states that Italians were happy-go-lucky and the Germans more serious. The Italians sang a lot and seemed to be happy in their work whereas the Germans tended to analyze everything. She thinks they used braceros starting in 1945. They maintained housing for the farmhand and laborers. She feels her husband was satisfied with their work or would have spoken about it.