The Prison Called Hohenaspergby Arthur Jacobs
Unknown to most Americans, more than 10,000 Germans and German Americans were interned in the United States during WWII. This story is about the internment of a young American and his family. He was born in the U.S.A. and the story tells of his perilous path from his home in Brooklyn to internment at Ellis Island, N.Y. and Crystal City, Texas, and imprisonment, after the war, at a place in Germany called Hohenasperg.
When he arrived in Germany in the dead of winter, he was transported to Hohenasperg in a frigid, stench-filled, locked, and heavily guarded, boxcar. Once in Hohenasperg, he was separated from his family and put in a prison cell. He was only twelve years old! He was treated like a Nazi by the U.S. Army guards and was told that if he didn't behave he would be killed. He tried to tell them he was an American, but they just told him to shut up. His fellow inmates included high-ranking officers of the Third Reich who were being held for interrogation and denazification.
The book tells how the author survived this ordeal and many others, and how he fought his way back to his beloved America.
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I started the process of researching German-American internment for a English-101 assignment. I found the author's web site and various other materials on internment. My schooling consisted of learning about Japanese relocation, and as 40-year-old adult, I never knew of the internment of others, called enemy aliens of the United States. Locating Mr. Jacobs' book in my library, I read a fascinating account of what the author and his family endured during World War II, and after the war with the expatriation and repatriation to Germany. Interviewing Mr. Jacobs for my research paper, culminated in a better understanding of what our government did, and may do once again with Arab-Americans in the attempt to prevent future terrorism. It is tragic when a government does what it thinks right at the time, but then refuses to apologize for the injustices committed against its own citizens. I recommend this book to every German-American, as well as all Americans who never learned the whole story during their formative education.
The courage is vividly captured through the creative writings in the first person. The thoughts of the boy torn from his home, and thrown to a world completely unkown to him. The injustice is demonstrated and proven by the many documents that confirm that Germans and Americans of German descent, were interned by the US Government, without cause. The triumph is displayed through a boy who would not give up until things were made right, he returned to his country. Again, triumph, the boy became a man that held no grudge, no bitterness and refused to let his circumstances of his childhood, impair his need to share this story and lead a small crusade for justice. The man is my Father. The experience he has shared in this book is beyond belief. His courage led him to a lifetime of service to his country (Major, Retired; USAF), teaching patriotism to his four children, and 6 grandchildren; and untold hours of unselfish service to his community. Read the book, and gain knowledge of the history that has shaped this country and learn of courage, injustice and triumph.