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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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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The Diplomat’s Daughter

Tenabe, Karin. Washington Square Press, 2017. Set partially in the Crystal City, Texas Internment Camp, this novel follows the romance of Emi Kato, a Japanese diplomat’s daughter, and Christian Lange, a young German from Wisconsin, during their internment and subsequent release; she repatriated to Japan, he enrolling in the U.S. Army. Leo Hartmann, her first […]

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Ellis Island petition for release of German civilian internees

A petition was submitted to Congress on January 24, 1947, signed by 156 internees held on Ellis Island, asking for their release, rather than enforced deportation/repatriation to Germany. They requested the same for internees being held in Crystal City and other detention centers. On January 29, 1947, a group of Ft. Lincoln, ND, internees wrote directly to […]

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