3 rows of children, boys and girls, with their teacher

Reseneder Story

The Reseneder Family Internment Story My mother, Charlotte Reseneder Dimmling, her sister, Othilia “Tilly” Reseneder Busse and my grandparents were interned in Crystal City from 1942 until December 1945, seven months after the war in Europe ended. How they got there and why they were there is truly an amazing, but yet sad, story. Both […]

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sketch of Crystal City Internment Camp with child in foreground

Scheibe Story

On the 8th of November, 2002, my brother (Egon Scheibe Jr.) and I (Erika Scheibe Seus) went on a journey to Crystal City, Texas. This was a journey we needed to make. Our parents, Grete Scheibe, now 89, and our deceased father Egon Sr. were internees at a camp there during World War II. After […]

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Schmitz family, parents with four children

The Schmitz Family Story

  We have all read about the mass relocation of about 120,000 Japanese from the west coast shortly after Pearl Harbor to various camps in the interior and about 10,000 to internment camps. However little is known about the selective internment of about 12,000 German and a number of Italians who were also considered dangerous […]

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Paul and Gertrude Schneider

Schneider Story

A Mother Interned, A Family Left Behind Gertrude Anna Schneider, an interned German immigrant Paul Schneider, an excluded naturalized German America citizen As told to eldest daughter, Vilma Schneider Ralston in March 1983 Gertrude Anna Schneider, began life in Backnang, Germany (near Stuttgart) on September 25, 1908….first child of Johann and Luise Grokenberger. Her first […]

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Voester parents, 1942

Voester Story

The Voester Family Story As told by Kurt Voester (son) Being a German “enemy alien” at the beginning of WW II was not a desirable position to be in. Here is the story of what happened to a San Francisco family in which the immigrant German parents were long time residents but not citizens of […]

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Proclamation 2655

Presidential Proclamation — Removal of Alien Enemies — No. 2655 July 14, 1945 WHEREAS it is provided by Section 21 of Title 50 of the United States Code [11 F. C. A., tit. 50, § 21] as follows: “Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or […]

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Proclamation 2527

Presidential Proclamation — Alien Enemies — Italians WHEREAS it is provided by Section 21 of Title 50 of the United States Code [11 F. C. A., tit. 50, § 21] as follows: “Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion is […]

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Proclamation 2526

Presidential Proclamation 2526 — Alien Enemies — Germans WHEREAS it is provided by Section 21 of Title 50 of the United States Code [11 F. C. A., tit. 50, § 21] as follows: “Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion […]

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Alien Enemies Act of 1798

ALIEN ENEMIES ACT TITLE 50–WAR AND NATIONAL DEFENSE ALIEN ENEMIES 50 USC 21-24 Section 21. Restraint, regulation, and removal. 22. Time allowed to settle affairs and depart. 23. Jurisdiction of United States courts and judges. 24. Duties of marshals. Sec. 21. Restraint, regulation, and removal Whenever there is a declared war between the United States […]

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Proclamation 2525

Presidential Proclamation 2525 — Alien Enemies — Japanese WHEREAS it is provided by Section 21 of Title 50 of the United States Code [11 F. C. A., tit. 50, sect. 21] as follows: “Whenever there is a declared war between the United States and any foreign nation or government, or any invasion or predatory incursion […]

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