An african American nurse, joined the racially segregated army in Jim Crow-era Arizona during World War II, Elinor Powell. The discrimination she faced compounded after she fell deeply in love with Frederick Albert, a German prisoner of war to who she was assigned. Journalist Alexis Clark told the NewsHour Weekend’s Ivette Feliciano about the couple’s story that is unlikely her book, “Enemies in prefer.”
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German soldier Frederick Albert was captured in Italy in 1944 and taken fully to a prisoner of war camp in Arizona where he came across American that is african nurse Elinor Powell.
How did they meet? And what’s the whole story of the courtship?
Frederick, who had been a great cook, and a baker, worked in chaos hall. And, apparently, he saw Elinor for the time that is first he walked right up to her and stated, “You should be aware of my name. I am the person who is going to marry you.”
Also it had been all sailing that is smooth here?
Well, she ended up being surprised, needless to say. I am talking about, listed here is this German prisoner of war, you realize, striking on her. Broad daylight. And so that it was obvious which he ended up being, you know, attempting to court her.
Is there such a thing about their respective upbringings that you feel made them more ready to accept an interracial love?
She had been from a prominent family that is black the Boston suburbs. It was actually very modern. It was called Milton, Massachusetts. Went along to white schools. Had white buddies. And she was from an informed family members. So although she knew about discrimination. She was mostly secluded from that.
Now having said that, Frederick had been from Nazi Germany. In which he was from the extremely rich family members. a family that is prominent. And they had been nationalists that are german. […]