The train to Crystal City : FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II (Book, 2015) [WorldCat.org]
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The train to Crystal City : FDR's secret prisoner exchange program and America's only family internment camp during World War II

Author: Jan Jarboe Russell
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First Scribner hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "Quiet Passage."  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Narrative non-fiction
Biographies
History
Biography
Named Person: Ingrid Iserloh; Sumi Utsusjogawa; Ingrid Iserloh; Sumi Utsusjogawa; Ingrid Iserloh; Sumi Utsusjogawa
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jan Jarboe Russell
ISBN: 9781451693669 1451693664 9781451693676 1451693672 1451693680 9781451693683
OCLC Number: 898205999
Awards: Short-listed for Lukas Prize Project (Lynton History Prize) 2016
Description: xix, 393 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
Contents: Without trial. New enemies --
Eleanor vs. Franklin --
Strangers in a small Texas town --
Destination: Crystal City. Internment without trial --
A family reunion --
The hot summer of '43 --
"Be patient" --
To be or not to be an American --
Yes-yes, no-no --
A test of faith --
The birds are crying --
The equation of exchange. Trade bait --
The false passports --
Under fire --
Into Algeria --
The all-American camp --
Shipped to Japan --
Harrison's second act --
The road home. After the war --
Beyond the barbed wire --
The train from Crystal City.
Responsibility: Jan Jarboe Russell.

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From 1942 to 1948, trains delivered thousands of civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas. The trains carried Japanese, German, and Italian immigrants and their American-born children. The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called "Quiet Passage." During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American-born children, were exchanged for other more important American diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany. Focusing her story on two American-born teenage girls who were interned, author Jan Jarboe Russell uncovers the details of their years spent in the camp; the struggles of their fathers; their families subsequent journeys to war-devastated Germany and Japan; and their years-long attempt to survive and return to the United States, transformed from incarcerated enemies to American loyalists. Their stories of day-to-day life at the camp, from the ten-foot high security fence to the armed guards, daily roll call, and censored mail, have never been told. Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history, The Train to Crystal City reveals the war-time hysteria against the Japanese and Germans in America, the secrets of FDR's tactics to rescue high-profile POWs in Germany and Japan, and how the definition of American citizenship changed under the pressure of war.

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"Russell movingly focuses on human stories coming out of one camp that held both Japanese and Germans,outside Crystal City, Tex....Poignant." * New York Times Book Review * "Mind-boggling...The Train Read more...

 
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