“Innocent Enemies,” by Margret S. de Oliveira Castro

Margret S. de Oliveira Castro’s book, Innocent Enemies, details the experiences of her father, Friedrich Walter Schlösser, who was jailed in El Salvador, interned in the USA, and deported to Germany during WWII. Arrested in 1941, he spent more than a year-and-a-half incarcerated in Camp Kenedy, Texas, before being moved to Crystal City, Texas family internment camp, […]

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Recent broadcast features John E. Schmitz, author of “Enemies Among Us”

“With Good Reason,” Virginia Humanities Radio, aired an hour-long program called “Legacies of World War II” on May 6, 2022. John E. Schmitz, author of Enemies Among Us, was interviewed in one segment about his family’s three-year internment in Crystal City, Texas and about the many German and Italian immigrants who were also incarcerated and repatriated during WWII.

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Justice Denied: an Historical Sojourn

Wendel, Joe. Bloomington, Indiana: Archway Publishing, 2017. Dr. Joe Wendel writes a wide-ranging history of German and German Americans, focused on providing insights into the two World Wars from the viewpoint of a German American who lived in Austria during WWII. Justice Denied offers compelling facts, interpretations, and points of view unfamiliar to most Americans, including […]

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National Day of Remembrance ceremony

Disturbed that the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC planned a February 2022 three-day commemoration focused solely on Japanese American relocation during WWII, students in Teresa Van Hoy’s history classes at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, gathered on-campus February 19, 2022 to honor German Americans and Latin Americans who were similarly imprisoned. […]

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Commemorating Tuna Canyon Detention Station

On December 2, 2021, Adam Schiff, a California delegate to the House of Representatives, spoke to the Congressional Record, recognizing the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Tuna Canyon Detention Station in California and commending the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition for their work “to preserve and document the historical site and the story […]

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Introducing New Board Member

We are so pleased to announce that Sigrid Banzhaf Toye, PhD, has joined our Board. Sigrid’s father, Eugen Banzhaf, was interned for several years during WWII, before being released on parole. She is an educational and behavior therapist in private practice and holds a PhD in clinical psychology. Her volunteer work include board membership of […]

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Enemies Among Us: the Relocation, Internment & Repatriation of German, Italian & Japanese Americans During the Second World War

Schmitz, John E. Enemies Among Us: the Relocation, Internment & Repatriation of German, Italian & Japanese Americans During the Second World War. University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2021. In Enemies among Us John E. Schmitz examines the causes, conditions, and consequences of America’s selective relocation and internment of its own citizens and enemy aliens, […]

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Newly Published: “Enemies Among Us” by John E. Schmitz

  John E. Schmitz, Ph.D., son of former internee John Schmitz, and history professor at Northern Virginia Community College, has written Enemies Among Us: the Relocation, Internment, and Repatriation of German, Italian and Japanese Americans during the Second World War. Just published by the University of Nebraska Press, it is available there or at Amazon. “Recent decades have […]

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