2016 Immigration Law Lecture Series (2 of 3)

October 11, 2016—Former U.S. Ambassador Chase Untermeyer is joined by Special Assistant County Attorney Terence O’Rourke to discuss foreign policy aspects of the immigration issues facing detainees at the Crystal City camp and correlated case studies. This is lecture 2 of 3 in the 2016 Immigration Law Lecture Series from the Harris County Law Library […]

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New information about Camp Kenedy, Texas Internment Camp

Thanks to Martin Huwart, who contacted GAIC about finding records of his great-uncle, interned in the U.S. from Haiti. He, with the help of independent researcher Satu Haase-Webb, found and shared with us a number of documents and photographs about Camp Kenedy, Texas, one of the two internment camps his great-uncle was in. (Camp Kenedy […]

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Lists of Names

Website visitors searching for more information about the U.S. internment programs of WW II will be interested in our numerous lists of internees, especially it they are wondering whether their family members were interned and if so, where. Besides offering help requesting records from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the German American Internee Coalition collected these lists […]

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Were Jews interned by the U.S.?

Yes. In a Feb 1943 letter exchange between Jewish internees being held at Camp Kenedy, Texas and W. Bruppacher, Department of German Interests, Legation of Switzerland, charged with camp inspection and oversight of internees of German ethnicity, they express concerns about finances, censorship, and the difficulties of living “close to our worst enemies.” NARA RG 59, State Dept, Special […]

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1942 Fort Sam Houston, Texas, internee list available

Recently a 1942 list of internees held in Fort Sam Houston, Texas, was made available to our organization by Martin Huwart, who contacted us about uncovering the internment history of his great-uncle. With the help of independent researcher Satu Haase-Webb, a number of documents were found and shared with GAIC. The men listed here were all being held […]

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Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition Receives New Funding

On June 8, 2017, the Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition was awarded $54,000 by the National Park Service, which administers grants from the Japanese Confinement Sites Grants Program. These funds will be used to continue their work documenting the history of the Detention Station and the people who were held there during WW II. Planning […]

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“Train to Crystal City” shortlisted for Dayton Literary Peace Prize

The Train to Crystal City, by Jan Jarboe Russell, has been shortlisted for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the only literary prize in the U.S. that recognizes the value of literature to help promote peace and reconciliation throughout the world. The winner will be honored with a $10,000 prize in November in Dayton and the runner-up will receive […]

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Daily Life at Crystal City Internment Camp

Have you ever wondered what daily life was like for internees held in a WWII internment camp in the U.S.? Caitlin T. Dietze’s thesis,  “Daily Life at Crystal City Internment Camp 1942-1945” (2016), was recently published on-line by the University of New Orleans. She relates the experiences of Crystal City Internment Camp residents through oral histories […]

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