Pop-Up Exhibit Opening Ceremony: Forgotten Children of WWII--Interned in Texas and Exchanged with the Enemy

Tuesday, September 10, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CT)
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Display/Exhibit
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Teresa Van Hoy
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History
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https://ems-app.stmarytx.edu/MasterCalendar/EventDetails.aspx?EventDetailId=78136

Please join us for the premiere of a pop-up exhibit on WWII internment history, "Forgotten Children of WWII--Interned in Texas and Exchanged with the Enemy."

The opening ceremony is Tuesday, September 10, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the National Archives of the National Archives Marianist Province of the United States, located near the Culebra entrance to St. Mary's University. The exhibit will be on display through Thursday, Sept. 12.

This exhibit presents the research of Public History major, Nicole Johnson. Nicole’s research was supported by SURF research funding from the Office of Research and Sponsored Inquiry (ORSI).

WWII internment is also Marianist history. Children interned in Texas 75 years ago were exchanged for Axis prisoners of war. In Japan, American Marianists were interned and then sent back to New York City on the Gripsholm in 1942.

Come learn more and meet two of the children interned in Texas during WWII and exchanged for Americans held by the Nazis. Both Jo Anna Wartemann Terwege Howell was born in internment; Eric Gehrmann was deported from Costa Rica to Crystal City internment camp with his siblings and mother, all of whom were native-born Costa Ricans. The Wartemanns and Gehrmanns were exchanged for Americans held by the Nazis and both families suffered bombardment in Germany.

Special thanks also to archivists Mary Kenney and Lisa Finnie for research guidance on the Marianists liberated thanks to being exchanged with Japanese internees. The Public History program at St. Mary's University is grateful also to Academic Technology for making this exhibit possible.

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