During WWI, interned German sailors built a charming village in North Carolina

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German internees playfully stage an “alligator attack” on the shore of the French Broad River.

Image: North Carolina Museum of History

During World War I, the sleepy North Carolina resort town of Hot Springs more than doubled in population as it became host to one of the largest internment camps in the country.

When the United States abandoned neutrality and declared war on Germany in April 1917, thousands of German commercial sailors were unlucky enough to be docked at American ports, including the crew of the world’s largest passenger ship, the SS Vaterland, which had been stuck in Hoboken, New Jersey since the outbreak of hostilities three years earlier. Read more…

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Source: Mashable

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