Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Wartime Internment of Germans

The internment of 120,000 Japanese and Japanese Americans during World War II is well known. Barely known is the interment of Germans and Italians.
It happened first during World War I. Any German who hadn’t completed the naturalization process was suspect. They could be detained for association with ethnic organizations, or for statements that sounded disloyal or opposed US involvement in the war. Many were rounded up because someone with a grudge complained about them.

Residents of an alien internment camp in WWI built an authentic German village in Hot Springs, North Carolina.

During WWII, more than 10,000 Germans and German Americans were interned. Many were taken away and their families had no idea of their whereabouts. Parents were taken and their young children left alone. Sometimes they were released within days; others were held for much longer.
They were given hearings, but not informed of the charges against them or who had made the charges. A United State Attorney tried to get a young mother to admit she’d named her son Horst after the Nazi martyr, Horst Wessel.
Besides detaining Germans in the United States, the government strong-armed Latin American countries to deport their German citizens to the US. The reason? They feared the Nazis would gain a foothold in the Western Hemisphere. Of the 4,000 internees, 81 were Jewish refugees who had experienced the concentration camps in Europe. A Catholic priest was detained because he was supposed to be a Nazi. The camp commander considered him to be “no more of a Nazi than I am.”
Larger countries like Mexico and Argentina resisted the American demand, but smaller ones like Costa Rica gave in when the US threatened to boycott all products from German-owned companies. Coffee, for instance, was dominated by German firms, and with the war on, Costa Rica wouldn’t have been able to ship it anywhere else.
Besides keeping these supposedly dangerous enemies from impeding the war effort, the internees could be traded for American citizens held in Germany. Some deported families included an American spouse and American-born children.
During wartime, we may be fighting for freedom, but freedom is the first casualty.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Weekly Windup:

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Coming up this week:

Monday, 12/17:
Tuesday, 12/18: Wartime Internment of Germans, by Terri Wangard
Wednesday, 12/19:
Thursday, 12/20: The Christmas Heirloom, a book review by Jodie Wolfe
Friday, 12/21: The Christmas Truce by Pegg Thomas
Saturday, 12/22:


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Friday, December 14, 2018

Book Review and Reminiscing About County Fairs

The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the FairThe Blue Ribbon Brides Collection: 9 Historical Women Win More than a Blue Ribbon at the Fair by Cynthia Hickey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another Barbour collection full of engaging characters and fun stories, these all set during a county or state fair. It's hard to pick any favorites out of this bunch, all of them combine a competitive spirit with the life lessons each character needs to learn. I love that each competition is different, from quilting to baking to farm animals to auto racing ... there is something in here for everyone.

Growing up, the county fair was a big deal. A very big deal! My dad sold John Deere farm equipment and the dealership he worked for had a huge outdoor display all week at our county fair. Even before I was old enough to be in 4-H and entering my own baked goods and knitting projects, entering my rabbits or showing my horse, I was hanging out in the John Deere lot, sometimes sleeping in the huge tractor wheel wells when I got tired. And I loved it.

It meant so much to me growing up, that I volunteered as a 4-H leader for more than twenty years. Our son was born shortly after and grew up with the older 4-H kids as he tagged along on our adventures. Soon he took over much of my barn and was showing his own rabbits, sheep, and eventually horses. One week every year we pulled our pop-up camper to the fairgrounds and set up "home" for the week.

Those were precious times, but my growing up and my son's. I wouldn't have traded them for the world. This collection brought back so many good memories! If you've ever participated in a county fair, you should pick up a copy today.