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Speaker to discuss POW interrogation center in Maryland

A National Park Service representative will discuss “Uncovering the secret history of P.O. Box 1142” at a program Nov. 1 at Shippensburg University. 

The program, free and open to the public, is at 8 p.m. in Dauphin Humanities Center Room 151. 

Vincent L. Santucci, senior geologist — Washington liaison, of the National Park Service will give the presentation sponsored by the university’s Department of History/Philosophy. 

P.O. Box 1142 was the code name for a top-secret military intelligence and prisoner of war interrogation center operated at Fort Hunt, Md., by the American Military Intelligence Service during World War II. The camp’s primary function was to interview German officers and scientists who had information of strategic importance to the Allied war effort. Notable prisoners included German rocket scientist Wernher von Braun, German spymaster Reinhard Gehlen, and U-Boat commander Werner Henke. 

After the war, most of the camp’s grounds were bulldozed, and the individuals who worked at the camp remained silent about their secret wartime efforts. 

Santucci will describe the National Park Service’s remarkable efforts to track down the surviving intelligence officers who worked P.O. Box 1142, to capture their stories, and to recognize them for their wartime service more than sixty years after the end of World War II. 

For more information, contact Dr. Steven Burg at sbburg@ship.edu.

10.26.12