Alexa and Nicole - 7th graders
We never knew that they could play sports and enroll in community activities. It actually sounds like they got to have some fun. We never knew the food they had to eat was so vulgar; it sounded disgusting.
I was in the Portland Assembly Center (A stock yard) living cubical with a cloth door and spaced 1x2's for flooring. A folding canvas cot with a straw filled matress. The restroom had no partitions for privacy. I was sent by train to Minidoka, Idaho's concentration camp. I learned alot about those years in 1992, when the Japanese American National Museum provided me with my family number and a form to send to the National Archives. My father left camp on a seasonal leave to help harvest the 1942 sugar beet crop. Our family was nearly the last family to leave the farm labor camp in Twin Falls, Idaho in 1949. I have since made e-mail contact with one of my classmates.
My family is Costa Rican, of German ancestry. My Mother, her siblings and parents were awakened in their home in Costa Rica in the middle of the night and were eventually shipped to Crystal City [Texas] as POW's. They were later exchanged for Americans and were sent to Germany for the duration of the war. My Grandmother, who is now 94, occasionally speaks of that sad time in her life. I agree with Mr. Jacobs posting that there is information pertaining to the Japanese Americans, but very little information on the Latin Americans that were also held in Crystal City. I only wish I could find more information.
Response to Arthur Jacobs:
The Crystal City camp was a Department of Justice camp where people who were considered to be possibly dangerous were interned. The other camps administered by the War Relocation Authority put in all Japanese-Americans regardless of their citizenship or whether they were considered "loyal" or not.
Mr. Jacobs, regardless of what group that was interned it was an experience that must never be repeated. However,were German and Italian AMERICANS rounded up en masse, because of ancestry?
Had there been a long and institutionalized system of descrimination against German/Italian Americans? The answer to these and similar questions may answer Mr. Jacobs probing question.