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GAIC Receives California Civil Liberties Education Project Grant

May 28, 2006

The German American Internee Coalition (GAIC) has been advised by the California Civil Liberties Education Project (CCLPEP) that it has been awarded a $10,000 grant. The GAIC will use the grant to develop a multicultural curriculum package with lesson plans focused on World War II alien enemy issues.

Speaking on behalf of the GAIC, co-founder Heidi Donald said today, "This is a huge step forward in our efforts to promote public awareness of the tragic history of the World War II enemy alien internment program."

The curriculum packages will include three Reader's Theater one-act dramas, suitable for classroom performance.  The first of the dramas was written by John Christgau, author of Enemies. Entitled ZIP, it is based on the internment experiences of former Crystal City internee Eberhard Fuhr. It will be presented on June 10th at Manzanar National Historic Site in California.  The Manzanar program will also feature opening ceremonies for a summer-long appearance of the photo-exhibit "The Enemy Alien Files: Hidden Stories of World War II."  The exhibit and opening events at Manzanar are a collaborative effort of the German American Internee Coalition, the National Park Service, the National Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, and the Enemy Alien Files Consortium.

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Manzanar Hosts Special Events June 10 & 11 to Launch Eenemy Alien Files Exhibit

Manzanar National Historic Site News Release
661 N. Edwards Street
Independence, CA 93526
For Immediate Release: May 20, 2006
Contact: Richard Potashin
Phone: 760 878-2194 ext. 2712

From June 10 to August 25, 2006, Manzanar National Historic Site will host the "Enemy Alien Files, Hidden Stories of World War II" traveling exhibit which powerfully depicts the U.S. Government's World War II policies that led to the arrest and internment of thousands of German, Japanese and Italian residents of the United States and Latin America.

While Manzanar's permanent exhibits focus on the internment of Japanese Americans in War Relocation Centers, the Enemy Alien Files exhibit examines the Alien Enemy Control program (AEC) that resulted in the round-up and imprisonment of more than 31,000 German, Italian, and Japanese Americans and Latin Americans and their families.

On Saturday, June 10 at 11:00 a.m., renowned authors John Christgau (Enemies) and Stephen Fox (Fear Itself) will present a 90 minute program on the AEC. Karen Ebel, Esq., co-founder of the German American Internee Coalition will highlight current legislative efforts to achieve governmental review of the AEC program.

Manzanar History Association will host a book signing with authors Stephen Fox, John Christgau and Ursula Potter from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday.

At 2:30 p.m. Grace Shimizu, director of the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, will join a panel discussion that focuses on the secretive Latin American program that forcibly brought German, Japanese, and Italian Latin Americans to the U.S. for internment during World War II.

Former internees and their family members will tell their stories and share historic letters, photographs, documents and artifacts.

At 7:00 p.m. Saturday, John Christgau will debut his performance of "Zip," the gripping true story of a 17 year old German American boy's experiences as an enemy alien. The performance will be presented along with a panel discussion and followed by a Question and Answer session and book signing.

On Sunday June 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., several of the featured guests will be available to meet visitors, answer questions and share movies and artifacts.

The exhibit and opening events are a collaborative effort of the National Park Service, the German American Internee Coalition, the National Japanese American Historical Society, the Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project, and the Enemy Alien Files Consortium.

All events are free and open to the public. For further information, please call Manzanar National Historic Site at (760) 878-2194 ext.2710 or visit the following websites:

German American Internee Coalition
National Japanese American Historical Society
Japanese Peruvian Oral History Project/Campaign for Justice

Traces Museum for History and Culture -- a permanent exhibit about German Americans

Landmark Center, 75 W. Fifth St., Suite 211, St. Paul, MN. Call 651-292-8700 or visit www.traces.org

Traces and its director, Michael Luick-Thrams, has created the first and only permanent exhibit on the internment of German Americans and Latin Americans: VANISHED – German American Civilian Internment 1941 – 1948. The museum opened in St. Paul on October 16, 2005 as part of the Traces History Marathon.

Traces also has created a mobile exhibit on German internment which will be touring in the Midwest, initially in Wisconsin during March and April. For more information click here

Information excerpted from an article by Alex Friedrich in the Pioneer Press reviewing the Traces Museum