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Hotel Hershey

Type   182 Prison Camp
Historical Name of Location   Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Coordinates   40.300000000, -76.660000000


ww2dbaseDuring the Great Depression, Milton S. Hershey decided to build a hotel on Pat's Hill in Pennsylvania, United States overlooking the town and the chocolate factory both bearing his name. The original phase of the construction aimed to recreate the famous Heliopolis Palace Hotel in Egypt, but the unexpected high costs, the death of his wife, and the outbreak of war led to the final phase of the project being finished with a simpler design with Spanish and Mediterranean influences. The end result was a luxurious hotel that was eclectic in style. Between 1939 and 1940, grand hotel building, or specifically its cupolas, served as the town's visual aircraft detection tower. In Nov 1942, the air defense stations moved to the nearby Milton Hershey School Senior Hall, and the hotel became the place of internment for Vichy French personnel such as Ambassador Gaston Henri-Haye. The internees had access to many of the hotel's amenities, thus the interment was rather comfortable; the internees, in fact, protested that they had to pay for their consumption of alcoholic beverages. During the next several months, a number of the internees declared allegiance to the Free French and were freed as political asylum seekers. In Sep 1943, Henri-Haye and the remaining internees were transferred out of Hotel Hershey to another internment camp in Warm Springs, Virginia, United States. Hotel Hershey resumed its business as originally intended immediately after the departure of the last internees.

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Hotel Hershey Timeline

23 May 1932 Construction of the Hotel Hershey began in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States.
26 May 1933 Hotel Hershey began operations in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States.
17 Nov 1942 French Ambassador to the United States Gaston Henri-Haye arrived at Hotel Hershey, his place of internment, in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States.
21 Sep 1943 The US State Department informed the manager of Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States that the Vichy French internees currently residing at the hotel would soon be transferred out.
30 Sep 1943 Former French Ambassador to the United States Gaston Henri-Haye was transferred out of Hotel Hershey in Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States for his next place of internment in Warm Springs, Virginia, United States.

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WW2-Era Place Name Hershey, Pennsylvania, United States
Lat/Long 40.3000, -76.6600
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