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This is a very rich treatment of the internment of Japanese-Americans and German-Americans as well as Japanese and German expatriates living in the U.S. during WWII. While the U.S. was fighting for "freedom" in Europe and the Pacific, the government was subjecting its own population to the same kind of racism, bigotry, and injustice that the Germans and the Japanese subjected their own people to. And in the same way that the German and Japanese populations, for the most part, blindly followed the racist impulses of their own leaders, so did American society as a whole. The historical record of internment, so far, shows that there were no Schindlers in America hiding and protecting the persecuted population. This is must-read in the age of Trump and Republican dominance over American politics. We would be sorely mistaken to think that such violations to human rights couldn't happen in America again.
To say this recounting was Informative is a huge understatement! I've lived in Dallas, Texas for the past 35 years, raised my family here... my 2 daughters have lived in San Antonio, my 2 sons went to U of TX in Austin. None of us ever heard of Crystal City or its history. I do think this story should be put into the history curriculum of not only all schools in Texas, but indeed the whole country. The fact that it happened is bad enough.. To Not Know is a travesty. Thank you, Ms. Russell for researching this piece of American history so well and putting it down on paper. Now, I know.
(Although the reader was clear & unhurried, I would have preferred a reading with more inflection/emotion..)