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.  

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Micro-documentaries about internment

As part of a year-long project (2018-19) highlighting the internment and expatriation of German American and Latin Americans during WWII, history students of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, TX,  made a number of small documentary films about internment. With the permission of Professor Teresa Van Hoy, who oversaw the students’ efforts, we are able to […]

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The War Outside

Hesse, Monica. The War Outside. Little, Brown Young Readers. 2018. Set in the confines of the Crystal City, Texas Family Internment Camp during WW II. Teenagers Haruko, a Japanese American from Colorado, and Margot, whose German American family are from Iowa, form a friendship, even as life in the camp shifts and changes their perceptions. “…an extraordinary […]

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Crystal City, Texas Family Internment Camp map

Crystal City, Texas Family Internment Camp map (2018) annotated by former internee Werner Ulrich—includes plot plans, drawings of building types, and location of work areas, as well as lists of internees held in the camp, births, and deaths. Staff, including teachers and medical personnel, are listed. Which cottage each interned family lived in is also shown.

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Good Neighbor Renditions and the Enemy Alien: the Latin American Civilian Internees of World War II and the Integrity of the Good Neighbor Policy

“Good Neighbor Renditions and the Enemy Alien: the Latin American Civilian Internees of World War II and the Integrity of the Good Neighbor Policy,” a University of Colorado, Boulder honors undergraduate thesis by Casey VanSise, “…uses the case of WW II “renditions” to argue that Latin America’s diplomatic influence was at least on par with […]

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