- About Dave
David Fiedler is the author of four books to date, including a history of Missouri’s WWII prisoner-of-war camps called The Enemy Among Us: POWs in Missouri During World War II, for which he received the Governor’s Award for the Humanities, plus a newly-released counterpart novel, My Enemy, My Love.
- My Enemy, My Love
My Enemy, My Love
My Enemy, My Love is a companion novel to Enemy Among Us, it tells the story of a German POW, a professor drafted against his will into the army in the last months of the war. Captured and sent to the U.S., the prisoner finds a dangerous romance with an American woman on the farm where he and others are working. Based on true situations uncovered by research on the original book and relayed to him by people who experienced these events first hand. Softcover, 272 pp, features original POW artwork.
- The Enemy Among Us
The Enemy Among Us
The Enemy Among Us: POWs in Missouri During WWII: a fascinating account of the 15,000 German and Italian Prisoners of War held in two dozen camps in Missouri between 1942-1946. Richly laced with first-hand accounts from people who lived this amazing and little-known chapter of history. Hardcover, 460 pp, 120 maps, photos and illustrations.
Sunset Hills Historical Society Lecture
April 27, 2015 –
This is a program on the POWs in Missouri during World War II by David Fiedler. It takes place at the Sunset Hills Community Center, 3915 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Sunset Hills, MO 63127.
Overview: during WWII, more than fifteen thousand German and Italian soldiers came to Missouri. This was no invasionary force; rather these were prisoners of war, part of a flood of almost a half-million men captured and sent to the United States, held here until the end of the war.
Life as a POW in the thirty camps scattered across Missouri was a surprisingly pleasant experience. The men ate well and were quartered under the same conditions as the Americans assigned to guard them, and the prisoners often enjoyed a great deal of freedom. The internees worked on local farms, often "guarded" only by a bored GI snoozing under a shade tree. They organized camp theater troupes, sports leagues, and orchestras, and some prisoners studied at the camp library for classes at the POW "university."
For residents of the mostly small towns where these camps were located, the arrival of enemy POWs engendered a range of emotions--first fear and apprehension, then curiosity, and finally, in many cases, a feeling of fondness for the men they had come to know and like.
In The Enemy among Us, David Fiedler tells the story of entirely ordinary people who lived in extraordinary times. This fascinating tale recounts the creation of the camps and the lives touched when fate brought Missourians and the enemy face-to-face. Though they did not seek those circumstances, none could forget what took place when the POWs came to Missouri.