History of Crystal City Internment Camp now online

Joseph O’Rourke, who commanded the Crystal City, TX Family Internment Camp, wrote this “Historical Narrative of the Crystal City Internment Camp” in 1945, as  the facility was slowly being emptied. The report detailed its establishment, construction, organization and administration, as well internee populations and census numbers, camp life, education and activities, procurement and supply, problems […]

Read More

New Crystal City information posted

Two additional inspection reports on the Crystal City, TX Family Internment Camp, and several lists of internees transferred there during the first days of the camp are now available for viewing. The transfer lists include the first internees in the camp in December 1942, a group of Germans who were expected to help build the […]

Read More

February 1944 M.S. Gripsholm manifest on-line

  On February 15, 1944, the M.S. Gripsholm sailed from the New York harbor to Lisbon, Portugal, with 1,117 civilians of German descent, including children, scheduled to be exchanged for persons held in Germany. Most had been interned in Texas; many were from Latin America. Thanks to Teresa Van Hoy and her students at St. […]

Read More

A German Ecuadorian family’s WWII experiences now on-line

Karin Harten Schramm, who was brought to the United States with her German Ecuadorian family 1944, has generously allowed us to post her family’s WWII experiences, largely compiled from contemporaneous letters and diaries Gertrud Harten, her mother, kept. There are descriptions of her father, Wolfgang’s, March 1944 transport to the U.S. on the S.S. Cuba, after […]

Read More

WWII exchange voyages remembered

Lars Hemingstam, author and founder of a website about the ships of the Swedish American Line, discusses the exchange voyages during World War 2 between the Allies and Axis Powers using the Swedish American Line’s chartered ocean liners Gripsholm and Drottningholm.  

Read More

75th anniversary of internee exchanges to be held February 14-15, 2018 around NYC

On February 14-15, the public is invited to attend free events planned by St. Mary’s University students and staff to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the M.S. Gripsholm voyage to Europe, carrying German American and Latin American internee families to be exchanged for U.S. civilians and soldiers held in Germany during WW II. The press release, […]

Read More

St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, hosts “Day of Remembrance” for German American WWII internment

St. Mary’s University, based in San Antonio, Texas, is hosting a “Day of Remembrance” in Chicago on Friday, Oct. 26, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of internment of German Americans during World War II. Three child-internees are featured in this Chicago commemoration: Frances Ott Allen, Jo Anna Wartemann Terwege Howell, and Eberhard Fuhr. Remembrance rallies […]

Read More