Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition

The Tuna Canyon Detention Station Coalition formed in 2013 “to preserve the stories of the Japanese, Germans, Italians, Japanese Peruvians and others at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, which was operated by the U.S. Department of Justice during World War II and was located in the city of Los Angeles.” In 2015 they received $102,900 from […]

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“Real People”—another family

Sigrid Banzhaf Toye shares some of her family’s experiences during WW II with us. Her father, Eugen, mother, Emmy, and Sigrid were visiting her grandmother in Germany when war broke out. Scrambling to find passage back to the U.S., where her parents were legal residents, the French boarded the ship once it was in international water and […]

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Banzhaf Story

  My parents Emmy Elfriede and Eugen Banzhaf’s lives included two world wars, the severe inflation in Europe during the period between the wars, the depression in the United States, and the isolation and marginalization that came with interment during the second World War. This is their story. Eugen Banzhaf, came to the United States […]

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Latin American “Blacklists” of July 1941 & May 1942 posted

An internet search found two interesting WWII “Blacklists” on the Fraser Federal Reserve Archive website. The first includes The Proclaimed List of Certain Blocked Nationals: July 17, 1941, the Presidential Proclamation 2497 authorizing the list, and information for the press. A second list, a United States Printing Office publication of The Proclaimed List of Certain Blocked Nationals: Revision II, […]

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Internment Camp deaths from Crystal City, TX now on-line

Internment camp deaths and photographs of the three headstones at the Edgewood Cemetery in Crystal City are now on-line, thanks to Werner Ulrich, a former internee, who worked with Carmen Sanchez Diaz and Jose F. Cazares, residents of Crystal City, Texas, to collect the death certificates of all internees who died while imprisoned at the Crystal City, Texas, Family Internment […]

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Internee Graves at Edgewood Cemetery, Crystal City, Texas

  The headstones from four internee graves were photographed by Werner Ulrich, a former internee, at the Edgewood Cemetery, Crystal City, Texas. He found no others. All of these internee families were from Latin America. (An earlier article mis-identified the cemetery as Benito Juarez.) The Schuster Medina family Ludwig Schuster Medina was born and died on June 16, 1945. His […]

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Schools Behind Barbed Wire: the Untold Story of Wartime Internment and the Children of Arrested Enemy Aliens

Riley, Karen L. Lanham, Md.: Rowman and Littlefield. 2002. Often overlooked in the infamous history of U.S. internment during World War II is the plight of internee children. Drawn from personal interviews and multiple primary source materials, Schools behind Barbed Wire is the first book to uncover this unique chapter in American history. Previous to the […]

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“Train to Crystal City” wins award

On April 17, 2016, “The Train To Crystal City”, written by Jan Jarboe Russell, won the prize for best non-fiction book of the year at the Texas Institute of Letters banquet. There were 40 entries this year so the competition was steep.

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