Crystal City, Texas Family Internment Camp Map – Annotated by Former Internee Werner Ulrich

Crystal City, Texas Family Internment Camp map annotated by former internee Werner Ulrich—includes plot plans, drawings of building types, and location of work areas, as well as lists of internees held in the camp, births, and deaths. There are lists of staff, including teachers and medical personnel. Which cottage each interned family lived in is also shown.

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Fuhr family photo in Crystal City, TX

Fuhr Story

The Fuhr Family Story My Internment by the US Government By Eberhard E. Fuhr © 2006 My parents, Carl and Anna Fuhr, immigrated to the U.S. in 1927 and 1928. My father came in 1927, and my mother, along with my older brother, Julius and me, immigrated in 1928. We settled in Cincinnati, Ohio. My […]

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men line up for photo with small child in front, center

Levermann Story

My name is Bernard Levermann. My parents Kaethe and Bernard emigrated to the US from Northern Germany in the late 1920’s. I was born on June 25th, 1941 at New York Hospital. During World War II my family was interned in Crystal City, Texas. Because I was only a baby at the time I do […]

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Eiserloh family

Eiserloh Story

The Eiserloh Story Mathias and Johanna Eiserloh met in Johanna’s hometown of Idstein, Germany after WWI, where Mathias was a civil engineering student. They shared a dream of emigrating to America and did so in 1922. They brought with them the hopes and dreams held by most immigrants to this country—to live, work and raise a […]

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Inouye family 1943

Inouye Memoir

Hisao Inouye’s Story   While our website is about German American and Latin American residents interned during WW II, we are making an exception to post Hisao Inouye’s memoirs here. He was held in temporary facilities, a military prison, and various Immigration and Naturalization camps, six in all, during his years as an enemy alien. […]

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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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view of internment camp from the air

2007 Crystal City Reunion

THE SECOND NATIONAL REUNION OF GERMAN AMERICAN WORLD WAR II INTERNEE FAMILIES IN CRYSTAL CITY, TEXAS November 6 — November 9, 2007 The second reunion of German American World War II internees was held in Crystal City, Texas from November 6 through November 9, 2007. The reunion was organized by former Crystal City internee, John A. Schmitz, and […]

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2007 Crystal City Reunion Narrative

REPORT: NOVEMBER 2007 CRYSTAL CITY INTERNMENT CAMP RE-UNION By: Anneliese “Lee” (Wiegand) Krauter Author of “From the Heart’s Closet—A Young Girl’s World War II Story” A re-union of some of the last remaining German/American internees of the Crystal City Family Internment Camp, Crystal City, Texas, happened on November 6th – 9th, 2007. It was the […]

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