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Commemorating Crystal City: The Transnational Dimension of German American Internment Experiences

During World War II the U.S. government interned Japanese, German, and Italian legal U.S. residents and their American-born children and exchanged many of them for American prisoners of war in Europe and the Pacific. This essay investigates stories of former internees at the Crystal City Family Internment Camp in Texas with a particular focus on German Americans. It also examines the transnational repercussions of eviction from Latin American countries and the practice of forced repatriation.

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The Good War and Japanese America

For many Americans, World War II has become entrenched, solidly and nostalgically, in the national narrative as “The Good War” fought by “The Greatest Generation.” Increasingly, and disturbingly, this formulation appears to have won acceptance even by an American minority group grievously oppressed by its own government—Japanese Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes and incarcerated in American concentration camps. This essay explores the trajectory of this journey from the historical moment in World War II to current struggles of memory and history within and beyond the Japanese American community.

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