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Enemy Alien Files: Hidden Stories of World War II

September 19, 2023

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Enemy Aliens

This traveling exhibit from the National Japanese American Historical Society presents the experience of Italians, Germans, and Japanese immigrants in the US and from Latin America during WWII. It explores the treatment of over 31,000 “enemy aliens” including their exclusion, forced removal, internment, use in prisoner exchanges, and deportation. The exhibit experience reminds us of the fragile nature of our constitutional and human rights in times of international and domestic crisis as well as the human impact of government policies in the name of “national security.” The exhibit is made possible by the National Japanese-American Historical Society, the German-American Internee Coalition, the National Park Service, the Italian-American Studies Association, and the Japanese-Peruvian Oral History Project.