German family sees Mexia camp where POW held
A German man and his family traveled to Mexia last week to see the former POW camp where his father was held captive by the United States during World War II.
Eyke (Í-kuh) and his wife, Beate (Bee-áh-tuh), Isensee (Í-zen-see), and their daughter, Karen Isensee, flew to Houston and first visited Bandera, northwest of San Antonio, to enjoy horseback riding; then drove through Mexia on their way back to Houston, hoping they might get a glimpse of the former camp, where Eyke’s father, Wilhelm Isensee, spent three years of his life.
The mother and daughter had originally hoped to tour the West Coast, but when Eyke shared his long-time wish to see the POW camp, they changed their plans to fulfill Eyke’s wish.
“I’m so glad to be here,” Beate said
“When we came here we didn’t know what to expect,” Karen said. “We thought we might not see anything of the old prisoner of war camp.”
Many Mexia residents are aware of the fact that the campus of what is now the Mexia State Supported Living Center was a POW camp for German officers in World War II. A few of the older Mexia residents remember seeing the POWs and interacting with them.
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