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Camp Algona POW Nativity Scene - 2022

Updated: Aug 22

Christmas is coming! The birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ resonates with individuals no matter their mark in life or status in life.

Nowhere is that more evident than in 1945, Algona, Iowa, where six German World War II Prisoners of War (POW) created 65 life-size Nativity figures made of cement on wooden frames.

Join Joanne Fox for an encore of "Faith in Action":

  • Mon., Nov. 28 at 9 a.m. and Sat., Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. on Siouxland Catholic Radio;

  • Mon, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. and Christmas Eve (Sat., Dec. 24 at 7 p.m.);

  • Any time by clicking on the below links; and

  • Any time on your favorite podcasting platform thanks to Mary's Choice, a pregnancy resource center in Sioux City.

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Joanne interviews Marv Chickering about this fascinating story and one-of-a-kind scene, handcrafted by the POWs. Marv also explains the filming for the nationally-syndicated movie entitled "Silent Night in Algona."

The movie was released on December 9, 2022.

Click here to view the YouTube trailer.

The Nativity is on display at the Kossuth County Fair Grounds and in Nov. 2022 is under the care of the First United Methodist Church. Click on this text for viewing times and dates of the nativity.

Click here to watch the 2020 YouTube video featuring Marv Chickering.

This Faith In Action episode originally aired in December 2021.

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