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 […]

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the Harten Family Story

By Gertrud Harten – 1939 to 1948, and Karin Harten Schramm – 2019 My parents were both from Hamburg, Germany. My father, Wolfgang Harten, born in 1907, finished his apprenticeship in an import/export company in 1927. At that time Germany was suffering under the hyperinflation after World War I which caused considerable internal political and economical […]

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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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ship leaves New York harbor

Gripsholm event held February 14-15, 2019 in N.Y.C. and New Jersey

  Twelve former child internees, as well as families and friends, commemorated the 75th anniversary of German-American prisoner exchange during World War II, hosted by St. Mary’s University in New York and New Jersey on Thursday, Feb. 14, and Friday, Feb. 15, 2019. Three other former internees were represented by their children. All internees were […]

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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, […]

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John Christgau, GAIC board member, passes away unexpectedly

Our good friend and fellow GAIC board member, John Christgau, passed away unexpectedly on August 21, 2018 in Belmont, California. We first connected with John through his book, ENEMIES: WORLD WAR II ALIEN INTERNMENT, one of the first definitive books about the internment of German, Japanese and Italian immigrants during the World War II years. […]

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SS “Gripsholm” repatriates reunion Feb. 15, 2019

A reunion for SS Gripsholm repatriates will be held Feb. 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM at Pier F, Jersey City, New Jersey, 1Harborside Place, Jersey City, NJ 07311. Planned by students of St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, who have been studying German American and Latin American WW II experiences over the course of […]

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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 […]

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