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Curran Jacobs and Samuel Peterson play Rudy and Donny Tietz in “Silent Evening in Algona.” The movie tells the story of the POW camp and the German POWs engaged on the household farms within the space, together with the Tietz farm.

ALGONA — Eighty years in the past, within the throes of the Second World Battle, 10,000 German prisoners of conflict known as Kossuth County their non permanent dwelling.

It’s a chunk of historical past of which many space residents are unaware, however is now being featured on the silver display.

After premiering in its namesake city, “Silent Evening in Algona,” a characteristic movie written and produced by DJ Perry, of Collective Growth Inc., and directed by Anthony Hornus, has been proven at a number of theaters in Iowa, together with the Fridley Plaza 9 in Marshalltown, the place it ended its run final Thursday.

The movie tells the story of the POW camp and the German POWs engaged on the household farms within the space. The story relies on true occasions from Algona businessman Donald Tietz’s childhood as a younger boy on the farm in WWII. The Tietz farm, headed by Donald’s father, Rudy Tietz, is a important setting of the film.

The movie takes place between early November and Christmas Eve in 1944 in Algona. The story within the movie has three layers to it, the director stated.

“A whole lot of the townsfolk weren’t joyful that they had been going to have the enemy of their midst,” Hornus stated. “Then, the opposite half is concerning the officers and troopers who’re guarding the prisoners, and the ultimate half is the Germans’ interplay amongst themselves and with the guards.”

In keeping with the Camp Algona POW Museum web site, the POW camp was energetic from April 1944 to February 1946. The Algona camp served as the bottom camp for 34 “department camps” in a four-state area. All through its exercise, Camp Algona’s month-to-month inhabitants was round 2,500.

The German prisoners held in these camps, Hornus defined, had been principally simply widespread troopers and draftees who didn’t actually wish to be concerned within the battle. He stated the captured Nazi ideologues had been often despatched to arduous labor camps in Nebraska and Minnesota.

The film was filmed in and round Algona within the fall of 2021, in addition to Heritage Park in Forest Metropolis and Whittemore, Hornus stated. Dozens of locals had been used as extras within the filming of the film, together with Fort Dodge residents Mike Magruder and his son Noah.

In all, Hornus stated, about 200 folks had a hand in making “Silent Evening in Algona.”

When engaged on the movie round Algona final fall, Hornus stated the manufacturing encountered many locals who didn’t know that town had as soon as been dwelling to a POW camp. The barracks buildings for the camp had been offered or demolished instantly after the camp closed in 1946. In the present day, the location is owned by town of Algona and is dwelling to the municipal airport.

The general public premiere for “Silent Evening in Algona” was held final month in Algona, and on the time, the producers stated that if turnout for the film is robust, they’d lengthen the discharge and increase into different cities and theaters.





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