February 2017 Statement
John E. Schmitz, Ph.D., son of former internee John Schmitz, has written Enemies among Us: the Relocation, Internment, and Repatriation of German, […]Read More ›
The German American Internee Coalition formed in 2005 to educate the public about our experiences, after United States officials declared U.S. and Latin American civilians of German background “enemy aliens” during WWII.
Feared collectively because of our German ethnicity, our civil liberties were abused by the U.S. government. Similar indiscriminate presumptions should not be made today. Ethnicity, religion, nationality, or appearance is not enough to declare whole groups of people unwelcome in the United States.