Minor quibble: the Irving Berlin "Yip Yip" link is completely irrelevant and smacks of padding.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt however kept his promise to German Americans that they would not be hounded as in 1917-18. Roosevelt made a deliberate effort to name prominent German Americans to top war jobs, including General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Admiral Chester Nimitz, General Carl Spaatz, and even Republican Wendell Willkie...The war evoked strong patriotic sentiments among German Americans, few of whom had any contacts with distant relatives in the old country.
Exhibit Exploring German-American Civilian Internment During World War II to Visit Kansas
Date: October 4, 2006
TOPEKA – During World War II, the United States government registered some 300,000 Germans in America as “enemy aliens” and interned approximately 15,000 German-Americans.
Beginning October 16, an exhibit examining this period in American history will tour 11 Kansas communities. The statewide tour is sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization that conducts and supports community-based cultural programs. The free traveling exhibit explores the stories of German-Americans living in the Midwest prior to America’s entry into WWII.
Even though they were American citizens, those German-Americans targeted by the federal government lost their homes and livelihoods to war hysteria. Families were arrested by authorities on the basis of tips that spurred phone taps, intercepted mail and illegal searches. Family members were sometimes separated. Some were deported back to wartime Germany. Others were sent to more than 60 detention centers around the country. Of those imprisoned, not one was permitted legal representation, was charged with, tried for or convicted of a war-related crime, according to project director Michael Luick-Thrams.
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