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Documentary: Prisoners Among Us – Italian American Identity and WWII

Italian-Americans.com is Proud to Present Michael Angelo DiLauro’s film, narrated by Tony Lo Bianco

Michael Angelo DiLauro presents the documentary “Prisoners Among Us Italian American Identity and WWII”, narrated by Tony Lo Bianco. This excellent film focuses on the historical events and experiences of the Italian diaspora in America up to and throughout World War 2. It covers the Italian American Internment, and includes interviews with those Italian-Americans who experienced living through enemy alien status. Tom Brokaw supplies excellent commentary on … continue to full article.


An Italian Internee’s Letter Home During World War 2

Address panel of an Italian Internee's letter home during captivity in a US internment camp during World War 2
Address panel of an Italian Internee’s letter home during captivity in a US internment camp during World War 2. This letter was sent in an enveloped, seen in full within the article.

April 23, 2021 – Italian Internees held in US internment camps were permitted to write only two short letters and one postcard per week. The length of the letter was determined by the space allotted to the internee on one side of a standardized piece of stationary supplied to internees by the US Government Printing Office as “Form Number 4”. This stationary was one-sized-fits-all, meaning it was the only kind offered to internees, and the brief instructions on the reverse side were printed in English, German, Italian and Japanese.

The stationary was a light blue pre-folded paper sheet 6” wide by 14.75” long, including the folding tab at the top. Light, widely-spaced lines were printed for use by the writer, the reverse of which became the outside when folded for mailing. The tab made the document easy to open for inspection and censorship by authorities, and then … continue to full article.


A Letter to the Public about the WW2 Internments in America

February 26, 2021 – President William J. Clinton signed legislation into law on November 7, 2000 that authorized the US Department of Justice to investigate the violation of Italian American civil liberties during World War 2. This Act resulted in the USDOJ report called “Report to the Congress of the United States – A Review of the Restrictions on Persons of Italian Ancestry During World War 2”, and it was delivered to Congress and made public in November 2001. This report gave America an unprecedented view into this secret history, and provided an excellent starting point for additional research.

The result to date is a more granular accounting for the interned, and a view into how modern-day technologies have helped uncover much more information. This rich history has been developed into a 17 lesson curriculum & 3 short plays by a community of Japanese, Italian and German educators and journalists for the edification of students across the nation. It is available at  ….   continue to full article.