Calls for Review of German Internment – H. R. 1357

Calls for Review of German Internment – HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES H. R. 1357 On July 31, 2008, the House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 1357 commemorating the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, pursuant to persons of Japanese descent held in War Relocation Authority camps received reparations and an apology from […]

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Tuna Canyon Detention Station (TCDS) Coalition Hosts First Multicultural Panel, “Discovering History in Your Own Backyard,”

On March 30, 2014, the Tuna Canyon Detention Station (TCDS) Coalition hosted its first multicultural panel, “Discovering History in Your Own Backyard,” at 12953 Branford Street, Pacoima, CA. Sigrid Toye, Min Tonai, Reverend Dr. Yoshi Tsuyuki, and Grace Shimizu, descendants of Japanese and German Americans and Japanese Peruvians incarcerated at TCDS, told their personal stories. Ms Toye […]

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Crystal City, TX Internment Site Archeological Survey

April 2013—William McWhorter, historian with the Texas Historical Commission, reports: “The Texas Historical Commission’s archeological survey of two sites of the former Crystal City (Family) Internment Camp was conducted between April 15-19 of this year [2013]. Last month, our contractor Hicks and Co. completed their final report. … I regret we found next to nothing […]

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Internment Presentation at Kurt Vonnegut Library in Indianapolis

On January 26, 2013, Eb Fuhr (Palatine IL), Frances Ott Allen (Cinncinnati, OH), Alfred Wohlpart (Oak Ridge, TN), and Anneliese Krauter (McCordsville, IN) told a rapt audience at the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library, about the experiences they and their families had as declared enemy aliens in WW II. An audience of around 150 people attended the event, hosted […]

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Crystal City Internment Camp Interpretive Panels Dedicated

Thursday, November 10, 2011 at 3:30 P.M., eight new interpretive panels about the Crystal City, TX Internment Camp and the people kept there, were dedicated at the site. The Texas Historical Commission, Zavala County officials, the city of Crystal City, and former internees joined together for a ceremony commemorating the history of the camp and […]

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Smith Story

  Alfred and Susan Schmidt married in Germany in 1932, moved to the U.S. the following year, eventually working their way to Honolulu. In 1935 Alfred began a roofing business of his own, and in 1940, he and his wife became naturalized American citizens, changing their name to Smith. Their experiences with internment at various […]

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Reunion and Picnic

A reunion and picnic for former internees and their families was held August 28, 2010 in Quakertown, Pennsylvania. Anneliese Krakau, nee Busch, former internee and also the widow of internee, Alfred, graciously hosted the event with her daughter. Eb Fuhr, who co-ordinated the event, reports that it was an outstanding success. Over ninety people attended […]

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Memorial Planning Conference Held at United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, North Dakota    

May 30-June 2, 2010—Public Law 109-441 authorized the National Park Service to create a program to encourage and support the preservation and interpretation of historic confinement sites where Japanese Americans were detained during World War II.  Pursuant to this program, a grant was awarded to the United Tribes Technical College (“UTTC”), now owners of the former […]

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