The Special War Problems Division

Latin American Resident Internees


During WW II, the United States State Department, working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, developed policies to rid Latin America of civilians of enemy ethnicity deemed undesirable by either the U.S. or Latin American governments. The plan became known as the Special War Problems Division and was also used to some extent in other countries around the world. Civilians were arrested, their property and belongings expropriated, and in some cases, they were expelled from the countries of their residence. Many were sent directly to Japan, Germany, or Italy. Many others were brought to the U.S. for internment and exchange for U.S. civilians and military held in Axis countries. Below are a few of the families’ stories. (more on the history of the Special War Problems Division)

 

Brazil

Joachim F. Rehbock

Joachim Rehbock's Story

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Columbia

diplomatic internees in a large group, with many children in the first 3 rows

the Mantel Family Story

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the Welckers

the Welcker Family Story

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Costa Rica

separate photos of Veronica and Ewald

the von Schemm Family Story

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family mug shot, 1943

the Gurcke Family Story

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Ecuador

the Harten Family Story

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Peru

Adolf Hamann & Wife

the Hamann Family Story

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Panama

Left: Albert Eckardt, with Ted -- 1936 Right: Ted, in lederhosen

the Eckardt Family Story

The Special War Problems Division Latin American Resident Internees During WW II, the United States State Department, working with the […]

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Haiti

Carl Otto Schütt

Carl Otto Schütt's Story

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Guatemala

snow drifts and icicles along buildings and barbed wire fence

the Sapper Family Story

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Joseph Leber, 1952

Joseph Leber's Story

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left: two men, one woman, seated and smiling. right: Hugo and small daughter

Hugo Droege's Story

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