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Internationally-known Algona nativity scene opens for Christmas

Monday, November 20, 2000

The internationally-known Algona nativity scene will be open for the 2000 Christmas season beginning Sunday, Dec. 3. This scene was created by prisoners of war located at Camp Algona during World War II.

The designer and originator was Eduard Kaib, an architect by profession and a non-commissioned officer of the German Army. Kaib and five of his fellow prisoners built the scene and paid for all the materials themselves. The scene is half life size composed of 60 figures built of concrete on a wire frame and finished in a molding plaster. There is also a reception room for visitors to view the story and pictures of the prison camp and the people involved. This is truly a unique scene and a "one of a kind in the world."

Read the rest of this article in the 11/18 Pilot Tribune.