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Talk on local legacy of Italian POWs

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The National Archives at Boston in Waltham will host a 6 p.m. talk Thursday about World War II-era Italian prisoners of war who were brought to the area to help relieve local labor shortages. According to National Archives representatives, Italian POWs who arrived in Boston in 1944 were received with mixed feelings from area residents, who were unsure how to treat them. Some residents thought the Italian men were “pampered” in their working roles, National Archives representatives said, while others welcomed the POWs and praised their contributions. Historian Anne Marie Reardon will present the free program at the National Archives facility at 380 Trapelo Road. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions during the event. National Archives officials request audience members register for the program by calling 866-406-2379 or e-mailing For more information, visit

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