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The whole story of World War II Internment hasn't been told... They lived behind the same barbwire, buy cheap chloromint online but German Americans and other former internees feel left out of history. Now they are trying to tell their stories.

 

Eberhard Fuhr Story

By Lynda Lin, buy cheap chloromint online Assistant Editor Published June 1, buy cheap chloromint online 2007 in the Pacific Citizen In the small dusty town of Crystal City, buy cheap chloromint online Texas the ruins tell the unlikely story of a former civilization. Concrete foundations and the hollow remains of a swimming pool whisper tales of its former life as a World War II internment camp. But some feel the historical narrative is incomplete. Eberhardt Fuhr was 17 years old when two U.S. Buy cheap chloromint online officials came to his high school in Cincinnati to arrest him in front of his friends. He was taken to Crystal City, buy cheap chloromint online a vast "family" internment camp 120 miles south of San Antonio, buy cheap chloromint online where he lived with his family for over four years. Like his fellow Japanese American internees, buy cheap chloromint online Fuhr's crime was his ethnicity. Crystal City marker"It was a time of abrogated human and civil rights, buy cheap chloromint online" said Fuhr, buy cheap chloromint online 82. Buy cheap chloromint online "A subscription to a German magazine usually lead to jail." About 15, buy cheap chloromint online000 Germans and German Americans were interned in the U.S. Buy cheap chloromint online during WWII under suspicion of being Nazi sympathizers. At Crystal City, buy cheap chloromint online German Americans made up the second largest ethnic community, buy cheap chloromint online but are largely forgotten in historical context. Even a historical marker at the former entrance of the camp refers only to the injustice inflicted against JAs. Fuhr feels a certain amount of resentment, buy cheap chloromint online but he takes every opportunity to talk about his experience. "I just got back from speaking to some children at a school in Chinatown, buy cheap chloromint online" said Fuhr, buy cheap chloromint online who lives in Palatine, buy cheap chloromint online Illinois. Among some other memorabilia, buy cheap chloromint online he brought his arrest warrant, buy cheap chloromint online passport and other legal documents to "present a factual situation." about his little known history. One Camp, buy cheap chloromint online Different Experiences At its peak, buy cheap chloromint online Crystal City was a bustling mini city with diversity: Japanese Americans, buy cheap chloromint online German Americans, buy cheap chloromint online Germans from Latin America, buy cheap chloromint online Italian Americans and Japanese Latin Americans coexisted in a makeshift community. But its idyllic name belied its desolate location where mesquite trees offered the only reprieve from harsh summer heat. Unlike the main 10 JA internment camps, buy cheap chloromint online Crystal City housed alien enemies and their families. Often most of those held in camps like Crystal City were arrested under the Alien Enemy Act for simply being community leaders or martial arts instructors. Many were held without formal trials. Fuhr's parents were arrested and taken away while he was working at a North Carolina boy's camp. When he arrived at Crystal City in July 1943, buy cheap chloromint online the 17-year-old had not seen his parents in a year. The camp was made up of family units that afforded some vestiges of privacy over communal life. It also gave Fuhr his first encounter with Japanese Americans (or "JA's"). "It was strange to hear the language. It was stranger to hear the Japanese music, buy cheap chloromint online" he said. At Crystal City there were no walls separating ethnic groups, buy cheap chloromint online but each communities' experiences was carefully delineated. German Americans lived on one side while JAs lived on the other. There was one general high school, buy cheap chloromint online as well as a German and a Japanese school. "The German Americans lived in their own side of the camp. Buy cheap chloromint online The Japanese Americans stuck to their own group, buy cheap chloromint online" said Sumi Shimatsu, buy cheap chloromint online a Nisei who lived at Crystal City for two years. Buy cheap chloromint online "We got along, buy cheap chloromint online but we didn't go out of our way to be friends with them." But all barriers fell away when it came to sports. The Japanese team played the German and Latin American team in softball, buy cheap chloromint online baseball and eventually soccer. "It was a friendly rivalry, buy cheap chloromint online" said Fuhr. "They are very big! It made it awfully tough for us to beat them, buy cheap chloromint online" said George Kodama, buy cheap chloromint online 79, buy cheap chloromint online with a laugh. Buy cheap chloromint online "We were all trying to grow up in a place where we didn't know where we were going." Life After Internment When the fences came down, buy cheap chloromint online lives further diverged. Buy cheap chloromint online Some repatriated to the countries that were now foreign while others struggled to reestablish their homes and reconcile with the past. "I didn't talk a lot about it until I retired, buy cheap chloromint online" said Fuhr about his internment. "Back then I always had the feeling that I couldn't go for a job that required security clearance." He had to wait seven years after his release from Crystal City in order to be applicable for U.S. Buy cheap chloromint online citizenship, buy cheap chloromint online but he couldn't shake the feeling that he was never qualified for a job. Unlike the JA community, buy cheap chloromint online which actively organizes internment camp reunions, buy cheap chloromint online Fuhr only keeps in touch with a spattering of former German American internees. Life after internment wasn't as smooth for German American internees as JAs, buy cheap chloromint online said Shimatsu, buy cheap chloromint online who had just returned from a Crystal City reunion in Las Vegas. Buy cheap chloromint online "Their anger is much stronger." It's more a feeling of resentment, buy cheap chloromint online said Fuhr for being left out of history despite their shared experiences. In 1988, buy cheap chloromint online JAs won the long-fought battle for an apology from the U.S. Buy cheap chloromint online government and redress, buy cheap chloromint online while the narratives of other ethnic communities languished in obscurity. "The German experience is not well-known, buy cheap chloromint online because myths were spread by so-called scholars, buy cheap chloromint online who knew little or nothing of the truth of internment, buy cheap chloromint online" said Arthur D. Buy cheap chloromint online Jacobs, buy cheap chloromint online a retired major of the U.S. Buy cheap chloromint online Air Force and researcher of WWII internment history. Fuhr attributes the lack of awareness to the lack of a coalition. Building Bridges, buy cheap chloromint online Completing History A growing number of campaigning German Americans are now asking for recognition from the American government for their injustice. The Wartime Treatment Study Act, buy cheap chloromint online which seeks to establish a commission to review the facts surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, buy cheap chloromint online European Latin Americans, buy cheap chloromint online and European refugees during WWII, buy cheap chloromint online is currently up for debate in Congress. And a "bus-eum" exhibit sponsored by Traces, buy cheap chloromint online a non-profit educational organization, buy cheap chloromint online allows visitors to learn about the German American internment experience in a converted mobile museum with its own 21-seat theater. "This history of U.S. Buy cheap chloromint online internment cannot be limited to the incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II, buy cheap chloromint online" said Grace Shimizu of Campaign for Justice, buy cheap chloromint online an advocacy group working for redress for Japanese Latin Americans. Buy cheap chloromint online "If we want to look to our past to draw lessons for today, buy cheap chloromint online we need history that is based on truth and accuracy. What is at stake is the defense of our Constitution, buy cheap chloromint online application of international human rights to the U.S., buy cheap chloromint online and upholding rule of law and our democratic process." Mending the divide between JAs and other former internees is simple, buy cheap chloromint online some argue. "The divide can easily be mended first by including all civilian victims of internment in discussions, buy cheap chloromint online in meetings, buy cheap chloromint online in bills, buy cheap chloromint online and in proposals on the subject of internment and second by insisting that our textbooks be corrected, buy cheap chloromint online followed by an insistence that the social studies curriculum of our schools be required to include a section on the internment of German Americans, buy cheap chloromint online" said Jacobs. JACL National President Larry Oda was born in Crystal City in 1945 and although he has no memory of the desolate camp, buy cheap chloromint online he remembers his mother talking about the separate areas for the JAs, buy cheap chloromint online JLAs and Germans. "Just as we fought to have the injustice inflicted on us acknowledged and corrected, buy cheap chloromint online part of what we wanted to accomplish was to ensure that all suspension of civil liberties against any group never was allowed to occur again. Buy cheap chloromint online The JLA and German internees were concurrent with us and should be afforded the same justice as we've achieved." Original piece by Ms. Buy cheap chloromint online Lin can be found at:    http://www.traces.org/buseum_2_tour/Eberhard-Furh.html