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World War II medical experiments make heroes behind bars

Maurice N. Winslow took a leave of absence from his job as prison superintendent to serve in the Army during World War II. But he wasn’t the only man from Norfolk to contribute to the war effort.

Winslow’s collection of records includes a 12-page booklet, “They Did Their Share, 1942-1945.” The report, written by eight inmates on Norfolk’s War Effort Committee, provides long-forgotten details of what the institution’s prisoners did while the country was at war.

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