Education: P.O.W. Experiment

Visitors to the prisoner-of-war camp at Compiegne, France, were pleasantly surprised. Instead of standing sullenly at attention as the visitors passed, the German prisoners doffed their hats respectfully. Some were sitting in groups on the hard clay ground, placidly listening to lectures on biology, tolerance, arithmetic, democracy, religion. Others were playing football.

Ranging in age from twelve to 17, the 7,000-odd Germans in this unusual P.O.W. camp were segregated from older prisoners last spring. Major William A. MacGrath, then commandant of the camp, saw it as an opportunity. While higher-ranking minds...

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