February 2017 Statement

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 […]

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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.