concentration camps, Crystal City Internment Camp, evacuation of civilians, forced repatriation, German Americans, Japanese Americans, Texas, World War 1939-1945
Combining big-picture World War II history with a little-known event in American history that has long been kept quiet, 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.
The author humanizes the harrowing experience by following the lives of two young women who were American citizens, and their families, all of whom were herded into the hot and isolated Crystal City camp on the Texas border with Mexico.
“Engrossing…Russell documents in chilling details a shocking story of national betrayal.” (Kirkus)
“This is an informative, disturbing, and necessary reminder of the dangers produced by wartime hysteria.” (Booklist)
“Both scholars and generalreaders interested in World War II will agree, this book is a gripping storyfrom start to finish.” (Library Journal)
“Russell pulls no punches describing the cost of war and the conditions internees endured….a powerful piece.” (Publishers Weekly)