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 …. click to read full article.
DOCUMENTARY: Italian-American Internment During World War II
Excerpt from our article in Voices & Stories:
In all, 600,000 Americans of Italian descent would experience civil rights violations that included forced relocation for over 10,000 people, loss of businesses or employment, seizure of assets, arrests without warrant, investigation without benefit of legal counsel, being held incommunicato, travel restriction for at least 50,000 individuals, and for some, internment in camps along with enemy-aliens of German and Japanese descent.
This event caused massive economic and societal damage to the ethnic Italian communities of the United States. The full history was unacknowledged by the American Government until the 2001 disclosure made by the US Department of Justice to the Congress of the United States. An in-depth expose titled Injustice Ignored: The Internment of Italian – Americans during World War II was authored by Paula Branca-Santos, and published in the Spring 2001 edition of the Pace International Law Review (Volume 13, Issue 1, Article 5).