WWII Internment Camp, ‘Camp Algiers’, Louisiana, held Jews, too
WWNO, a radio station in New Orleans, LA, featured the WWII history of Camp Algiers, across the Mississippi River from New Orleans, in a two part podcast. During the WWII years, this facility served as a receiving and detention station for Latin Americans, including Jews, brought to the U.S. for internment and exchange. Thanks to producer and presenter Laine Kaplan-Levenson for airing this story. Part 1 Part 2
For more about the camp, see Algiers Immigration Detention Station, Louisiana. Our website has a report describing how new arrivals were stripped, showered and then sprayed with insecticide. (Bannerman Report to Fitch 3-28-44) See also the Latin American Program and “Jewish Internees in the American South, 1942-1945,” by Harvey Strum; American Jewish Archives Journal.