Italian and German Internees

From the ephemera blog comes this story of how the return address on an envelope led to the discovery of the little-known story of Italian and German Internees during World War II.

Richard Sheaff has published an article in the December issue of American Philatelist that tells the story of his research into an unstamped 1947 envelope marked “Free Civil Internees Mail.” In research prompted by the envelope, Sheaff found there were 11,000 American-born Germans and 3,000 Italian Americans confined to detention camps. The story of naturalized citizens of Japan being interned is well known, but Sheaff sheds light on this lesser known phenomenon.

It’s worth reading.

Posted on February 4th, 2009 by Katxena