[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Ger-Poland-Volhynia Digest, Vol 145, Issue 5

Donald Zottnick djzttni at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 10 16:16:33 PDT 2015

Re:  Anti-German sentiment in the USA during WWI and following: it was pervasive.  Hyper-German hysteria gripped the country. As Allyn Brosz commented, my father, relatives suffered work discrimination and gossip because of their German background.  One might say the country went entirely bonkers as Bismarck, ND, was going to be renamed, sauerkraut was to be called Liberty Cabbage, and there were even plans for internment. Also, the large number of German newspapers in the country, some very old stopped publishing.  German was the second language in the country, even down into the 1960s, but was pushed off the scene. Non-German neighbors considered social gatherings or church meetings subversive. Some of this anti-German sentiment lasted into the 1960s, as I grew up in a town that was 35 percent German, largely German Russian. Montana even executed Germans as spies.  Fortunately, the WWII only lasted less than two years for the US. Similar, but less severe discrimination also existed during WWII.  

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Today's Topics:

  1. World War 1 internment camps and Second World    War internment
      camps (Helen Gillespie)


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Date: Tue, 9 Jun 2015 15:54:22 -0400
From: Helen Gillespie <gilleh23 at gmail.com>
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Subject: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] World War 1 internment camps and Second
    World    War internment camps
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From: Allyn Brosz
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:31 PM
To follow up.- for the Second World War

These were not German POWs  but American-born and/or naturalized Americans.


I was surprised to read that some were held until 1948...  Yet by that
date, Volksdeutsche from Wolhynia and other refugees, were already being
sponsored and immigrating to Canada.

From: Allyn Brosz
Sent: Thursday, September 11, 2014 12:31 PM
To: ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] World War 1 internment camps in Canada

In the United States, the anti-German paranoia/hysteria was fairly
widespread and affected many first, second, and third generation American
residents, both citizens and aliens, simply because of their origin and
their accents. In addition to the internments mentioned in previous
messages, my GR ancestors in the Dakotas were subjected to extreme
pressures to purchase "Liberty Bonds" to finance the war. Speaking the
German language was banned in public and over the telephone, and my
ancestors resorted to secret church services held in farmers' haylofts and
other venues because German-language services were prohibited.

Here are a couple of excellent links:



Allyn Brosz
Washington, DC


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