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I am gobsmacked by the contents of this amazing book I cannot praise it highly enough It grabbed my from the very beginning and didn t let me go until long after I finished It made me cry It gave me goosebumps It made my blood pressure spike It is nothing short of superb There is so much to say about what was done to these people by our own government, and Ms Russell does an outstanding job of presenting the facts while giving the story a human qualitya quality which I can say without I am gobsmacked by the contents of this amazing book I cannot praise it highly enough It grabbed my from the very beginning and didn t let me go until long after I finished It made me cry It gave me goosebumps It made my blood pressure spike It is nothing short of superb There is so much to say about what was done to these people by our own government, and Ms Russell does an outstanding job of presenting the facts while giving the story a human qualitya quality which I can say without hesitation was largely missing when these laws and practices were formulated and implemented It s nothing short of horrifying that our government could so closely mimic the practices of Nazi Germany I could go on a long winded rant, but I will refrain, unless you re unlucky enough to talk to me in person, and then I will proceed to spout off in outrage Thank you to Scribner and Netgalley for a free advance copy of The Train to Crystal City This was such an interesting, well researched and readable book Russell recounts the creation of the Crystal City internment camp set up in Texas in the US during WWII, where many families of Japanese and German origin were held after the US entered the war Incredibly, some of them were brought from a few Latin American countries, and many of them including children born in the US who were American cit Thank you to Scribner and Netgalley for a free advance copy of The Train to Crystal City This was such an interesting, well researched and readable book Russell recounts the creation of the Crystal City internment camp set up in Texas in the US during WWII, where many families of Japanese and German origin were held after the US entered the war Incredibly, some of them were brought from a few Latin American countries, and many of them including children born in the US who were American citizens were sent to Japan and Germany toward the end of the war as a trade for Americans This part of history is incredible enough on its own, but Russell recounts it in a way that really brings it to life She focuses on a handful of children who spent their teenage years in Crystal City and their families, who she has had the privilege of interviewing in the last few years as part of the research for her book She tells the story of their American lives, their moves and lives in Crystal City, and their moves to Japan in some cases and Germany in others and then their moves back to the US She also has researched the personal circumstances and background of some of the people involved in setting up and running Crystal City This really brings the time, the people, their emotions and how they kept themselves together or not to life and makes for fascinating reading I am a relatively new reader of history, having generally focused on fiction But I find that I am increasingly interested to 20th century history, and truly appreciate books such this one that have put to rest my apprehension that history books will necessarily be dry and tedious Great read, fascinating subject Best of luck to Russell on the upcoming publication Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered The BibleI got a call from my younger sister Karen the other day, and she began telling me about this book She goes to an exercise class, and one of her friends, a German woman who lived in the holocaust, told her about this book I had never heard of it although it ws a best seller two years ago our book group had once read a book about the Japanese Internment Camps The book we read was nothing as de Whoever closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself call out and not be answered The BibleI got a call from my younger sister Karen the other day, and she began telling me about this book She goes to an exercise class, and one of her friends, a German woman who lived in the holocaust, told her about this book I had never heard of it although it ws a best seller two years ago our book group had once read a book about the Japanese Internment Camps The book we read was nothing as deep as this one, nor was it as interesting.So Karen and I talked again the next day, and she was almost finished with this book We discussed it She has never been a big reader, so this was the first time in our lives that we discussed a book She told me that her German friend had said that it could happen here, and, well, it is with the Hispanics at the boarders Who s next While being rounded up and put inta internment camp iss psychological damaging in so many ways, at least the internment camp at Crystal City, Texas washumane than had in the America internment camps at that time, the 1940s, whereas, the Hispanics are having a hard time all around They are separated from their parents, arebhungry and haven t been bathed, given toothbrushes and soap, or given clean clothes Plus, they are in cages It is happening here And it could get worse.My sister and I didn t know why they rounded up Italians along with the Japanese and Germans, so she asked a friend Mussolini, who was an Italian, wanted to join Hitler, but the country didn t want that to happen Mussolini was killed and then strung up in public So, I suppose that the Americans were paranoid about Italians just as they were the Germans and the Japanese The people who were placed in these camps, when released, suffered psychological problems, plus their jobs and homes that been taken away from we not returned They were given 5,000 as restitution Big deal, but at least it was something.Anyway, this book follows the lives of some of those who had been in Crystal City, and they have even interviewed thos who are still alive Back to today Why is it that the Republican Christians are quiet in regards to what is happening at pir borders Why do they always come back with, Obama did the same and no one said anything Obama did not do the same thing, andd if he had and the democrats knew about it, they would be just as loud as we are now Still, it boils down to this, at least it does to me The Christians who backed the man in the White House have nothing to say about what he is doing at the border, except to stand up for everything he does They have lost their way, or maybe they never really had a way I think they never really had a way Being threatened by war never brings out the best in humankind, whoever and wherever they might be Unfortunately for some citizens in North America, they felt the brunt of paranoia and the less than thoughtful actions which came as a result of WWII Those of Japanese, German and Italian extraction were all under close scrutiny during the war years suspected subversives were incarcerated at times simply because a duplicitous neighbour bore a grudge or wanted the abandoned property for himself Being threatened by war never brings out the best in humankind, whoever and wherever they might be Unfortunately for some citizens in North America, they felt the brunt of paranoia and the less than thoughtful actions which came as a result of WWII Those of Japanese, German and Italian extraction were all under close scrutiny during the war years suspected subversives were incarcerated at times simply because a duplicitous neighbour bore a grudge or wanted the abandoned property for himself After Pearl Harbour was attacked in 1941, President Roosevelt authorized the War Department s blanket order, which required the forced removal of all people of Japanese descent from California, western Washington and Oregon and southern Arizona J Edgar Hoover, of FBI renown, began to amass the immense personal power of his career during this time, by zealously conducting thousands of searches and interviews of people in numbers far greater than Roosevelt had remotely considered The government had other plans which the general population knew nothing about In hot, dry and remote Texas, an abandoned farmworkers camp would be transformed into an internment camp for Japanese and German families For the duration of WWII and beyond, Crystal City would be home to thousands of Japanese and German families, most of whom had children who were American citizens The Train to Crystal City is a compassionate recount of the experiences of some of those families affected by this practice, as well those who tried their best to follow government orders and make the living conditions as decent as their authority would allow It is shocking to consider that these individuals, many American by birth, were housed as family groups with the intent to use in exchange for American POWs or stranded civilians Those who were unwillingly repatriated suffered twice, rejected and imprisoned by a country they loved and then greeted with hostility by the country where they had ethic yet no real connected roots The history in this book is highly detailed and most of it is extremely interesting I got a bit bogged down at times with the extensive personal minutiae of each individual, but otherwise these stories were compelling and at times quite heartbreaking I don t know how Japanese people are treated today in Texas in 1941 Texas adhered to a strict Jim Crowe policy and the Japanese were segregated as coloured I m still shaking my head over that tidbit of information A strong 4 stars It was a revelation to read this book about the internment of Japanese, German and Italian immigrants and their families during World War II I did not know Germans and Italians were included you never read about them some from South America Crystal City, Texas was the only family internment camp the program was partly designed to provide for prisoner exchanges, which became cruel to American born immigrant children who were forced to return to a country devastated by the war The book me It was a revelation to read this book about the internment of Japanese, German and Italian immigrants and their families during World War II I did not know Germans and Italians were included you never read about them some from South America Crystal City, Texas was the only family internment camp the program was partly designed to provide for prisoner exchanges, which became cruel to American born immigrant children who were forced to return to a country devastated by the war The book mentions that the American internment camps, which the Japanese who lived in Crystal City later called a concentration camp, were muchhumane than the equivalent camps in Japan especially or Germany But they were still prisons It s pretty much recognized now, and acknowledged by later reparations to the Japanese, that this was an illegal, unnecessary program, and regretted by those Americans involved in it The Germans and Italians were denied this official recognition, and the Japanese from South America received of the amount awarded to the Japanese Americans years later A lot of the immigrants suffered for years, or all of their lives, because of being imprisoned for up to 5 years in Crystal City INTERESTING, ILLUMINATING, RIVETINGThe ferocity and global reach of World War II, which claimedthat 50 million lives, dwarfed the fate of individualspage 263A page turner of an historical nonfiction might seem like an oddity But that is exactly what author Jan Jarboe Russell has delivered in her awkwardly named, The Train to Crystal City FDR s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America s Only Family Internment Camp during World War II An excellent, informative, illuminating and p INTERESTING, ILLUMINATING, RIVETINGThe ferocity and global reach of World War II, which claimedthat 50 million lives, dwarfed the fate of individualspage 263A page turner of an historical nonfiction might seem like an oddity But that is exactly what author Jan Jarboe Russell has delivered in her awkwardly named, The Train to Crystal City FDR s Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America s Only Family Internment Camp during World War II An excellent, informative, illuminating and poignant page turner It is far and away the best book I ve ever read on the subject of civilian internment during WWII offering both wider scope and deeper focus than others I learned so much DID YOU KNOWIn early 1939 President Roosevelt authorized the Special War Problems Division to find Japanese and Germans in America and in Latin America who could be used as hostages in exchange for thevaluable of the Americanspage 28DID YOU KNOWTo secure the Panama Canal from sabotage, President Roosevelt reached an agreement with the government of Peru that allowed the forcible detention in American internment camps of eighteen hundred Japanese Peruvians men, women, and children with no ties to the United Statespage 29DID YOU KNOWOver the course of the war, the US government orchestrated and financed the removal of 4,058 Germans and 2,264 Japanese and 288 Italians from thirteen Latin American countries and interned them in the United States, many in Crystal CityLocation 83 7062DID YOU KNOWIn the U.S., during WWII, there were as many as fifty four internment camps operated by the US military and thirty camps operated by the Immigration and Naturalization Service page 295As attuned to the subject as I thought I was, I did not know any of the above.Recommendation The Train to Crystal City is a fascinating read on many levels For history especially of aesoteric stripe buffs, it is a must readFrom the beginning, the two sides of America s internment policy detention and exchange were intertwined at Crystal Citypage 54Kindle edition, 416 pages These types of books are right up my reading alley These, military, and animal books are about the only non fiction I read I am not familiar with Crystal City Yet I am not surprised as this was way before my time but also it seems that now a days the media does not really report on news but on celebrities We as a society have forgotten our history which is very important The reason that I rated this book so low is not because of the people but because of the way this book was written The f These types of books are right up my reading alley These, military, and animal books are about the only non fiction I read I am not familiar with Crystal City Yet I am not surprised as this was way before my time but also it seems that now a days the media does not really report on news but on celebrities We as a society have forgotten our history which is very important The reason that I rated this book so low is not because of the people but because of the way this book was written The first four chapters I could not remember a word of what was written in them Also I felt that the author repeated herself a lot with events The writing came off dry and thus kind of a chore to read The only interesting thing was the people and reading about what they had to endure Not to take anything away from the events but I found myself after a bit skimming the pages rather then reading them, so I put it down Wow This book should be a must read for students It opened my eyes to the harsh treatment of Japanese, German and Italian peoples living in the United States during WWII I had no idea that there had been a family internment facility in Crystal City, Texas before reading this book I also had no idea the great number of Germans that were interred in the confinement facilities around the U.S Having ancestors who immigrated to the U.S from Germany in the mid 1800 s it is frightening to think t Wow This book should be a must read for students It opened my eyes to the harsh treatment of Japanese, German and Italian peoples living in the United States during WWII I had no idea that there had been a family internment facility in Crystal City, Texas before reading this book I also had no idea the great number of Germans that were interred in the confinement facilities around the U.S Having ancestors who immigrated to the U.S from Germany in the mid 1800 s it is frightening to think that my ancestors could have been part of this little known group As others have mentioned the writing style is different in that the author jumps and skips around quite a bit And yes the author repeats herself But those did not take away from my enjoyment of the book and the fact that I learned about a subject I really knew nothing about and I feel compassion for the individuals whose lives were changed forever by actions of our government My Only ambition was to work hard, to live an honest life, a decent life, to be among my family, and give my children happiness and security War is war is WarAn American right to freedom and Justice was destroyed by a vast illegal national campaign of targeting hundreds and thousands of politically defenseless immigrants War is war is War Busloads of men, woman, and children were torn away from their homes they arrived tired and confused, with tags around their necks for identific My Only ambition was to work hard, to live an honest life, a decent life, to be among my family, and give my children happiness and security War is war is WarAn American right to freedom and Justice was destroyed by a vast illegal national campaign of targeting hundreds and thousands of politically defenseless immigrants War is war is War Busloads of men, woman, and children were torn away from their homes they arrived tired and confused, with tags around their necks for identificationWar is war is WarJapanese, Germans, and Italians immigrants and their American born children were held without charges or trials their homes seized with no warnings.War is war is WarTeenagers were pulled out of their schools handcuffs no understanding of where they were being taken War is war is WarThe Only family Internment Camp during the war, Crystal City was the center of government prisoner exchange program, called quiet passage Government Secrecy American born children were exchanged forimportant ha..American diplomats, soldiers, businessman, missionaries behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany.War is war is Warliving spaces barely tolerablefacilities were stark cots for beds, outdoor privies, no soap for laundry, etc 120 degrees during the day so hot that children would scorch their hands if they touched the metal part on their beds Guards every fifty feet with gunsBarbed wired High fences Censors incoming mail, comic books, etc.War is War is WarA Popeye Statue in Crystal City was made of shiny fiberglass and dedicated to The Children of The World Kinda ironic.A Popeye Statue who represents strength , in the center of a prison camp with woman and children The heartfelt true story of the families whom Jan Jarboe Russell wrote to tell us is so powerful at times I was weeping Other times I was reading parts to my husband having discussions I was stuck in a car for 12 hours, 6 hours each day , while my husband was driving us home from visiting our daughter, when I read a large bulk of this AMAZING MASSIVE EXCEPTIONAL EMOTIONAL book I m grateful for things I learned in The Train To Crystal City I liked my personal involvement fully invested with my entire being When a book does this to me I GROW I found myself looking up other information on the internet and still want to read.I HIGHLY recommend this book Its a history book a true story which often read like a FICTION BOOK I wish it WERE a fiction book It was said by Ingrid in this story There is no word to describe physical hunger True Hunger is a painful, ever present feeling that it is impossible to comprehend Its a gnawing hollow feeling I m left with two things 1 How would I endure extreme ongoing suffering without losing my sense of identity, dignity, and sense of purpose Could I do that and2 This was a quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, A democracy which does not serve all people could not survive long.THANK YOU VERY MUCH to Jan Jarboe Russell if Jan is speaking in the Bay Area on this book I sure want to meet her , and THANK YOU to NETGALLEY `Free Kindle ↴ The Train to Crystal City: FDR's Secret Prisoner Exchange Program and America's Only Family Internment Camp During World War II ⇸ The dramatic and never before told story of a secret FDR approved American internment camp in Texas during World War II, where thousands of families many US citizens were incarcerated Fromto , trains delivered than , civilians from the United States and Latin America to Crystal City, Texas, a small desert town at the southern tip of Texas The trains carried Japanese, German, Italian immigrants and their American born children The only family internment camp during World War II, Crystal City was the center of a government prisoner exchange program called quiet passage During the course of the war, hundreds of prisoners in Crystal City, including their American born children, were exchanged for other important Americans diplomats, businessmen, soldiers, physicians, and missionaries behind enemy lines in Japan and Germany Focusing her story on two American born teenage girls who were interned, author Jan Jarboe Russell uncovers the details of their years spent in the camp the struggles of their fathers their families subsequent journeys to war devastated Germany and Japan and their years long attempt to survive and return to the United States, transformed from incarcerated enemies to American loyalists Their stories of day to day life at the camp, from the ten foot high security fence to the armed guards, daily roll call, and censored mail, have never been told 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