Children of Internment

It wasn’t just Japanese Americans who were interned by America during World War II. Nearly 11,000 German-Americans, perceived as enemy ’aliens’ were also interned. Tens of thousands more suffered illegal searches and seizures, relocation, harassment, interrogation, family separation, deportation and repatriation to Germany.

The decision to evacuate and intern Germans, Japanese & Italians in America began at least five years before the attack on Pearl Harbor. J. Edgar Hoover had begun to compile the notorious ABC list, originally aimed at Communists, Fascists and Nazis. By the end of 1939, it had evolved into wartime hysteria.

’Children of Internment’ tells their unknown story through interviews with those who were interned, family photographs and historical footage.


  • Year: 2014
  • Duration: 86 & 52 mins
  • Production:
  • Director: Joe Crump and Kristina Wagner
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: USA



  • Santa Fe Film Festival

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