focuses on WW II
‘enemy aliens’ in the Americas
exhibit on the experiences of “enemy aliens” traded
for U.S. prisoners of war during World War II comes to California
State University, Sacramento March 17 to April 25. It will be on
display in the University Library.
The exhibit, “Enemy Alien Files: Hidden Stories of World War
II,” shows what happened during the war to Italian, German
and Japanese non-citizen immigrants in the United States and Latin
America. Photographs, documents, artifacts and oral history excerpts
show how they were excluded, interned and deported.
According to exhibit project coordinator Grace Shimizu, about 31,000
immigrants overall were exchanged for U.S. prisoners of war. Of
those, 6,000 had been brought to the United States from Latin America.
The presentation invites viewers to consider this part of World
War II in light of current domestic and international events.
On opening day, Monday, March 17, there will be a scholars forum
from 1 to 5 p.m. in Library 2022 and a reception and book signing
from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the third floor Exhibit Area.
A news media availability will be at noon, March 17 in Library 2022
before the scholars forum.
For more information, Kim Kuenlen at (916) 278-5954. Additional
media assistance is available from CSUS public affairs at (916)