Like many states during World War II, Maine faced a severe labor shortage at a time when wartime needs boosted production demands. Northern Maine farmers and paper makers used German prisoners of war to help meet these extraordinary demands. Despite early apprehensions among local people, the POW's, stationed in Houlton, remained unobtrusive. They responded well to the rigors of climate and work, and some of them formed lasting friendships with local residents.
Arel, Jules J.. "German Prisoners of War in Maine, 1944-1946." Maine History 34, 3 (1995): 178-193. https://digitalcommons.library.umaine.edu/mainehistoryjournal/vol34/iss3/3