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February 12, 2010


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Jennifer Hendricks

What is meant by "so-called 'internment camps'"? I had not thought that was a controversial term.

Eric Muller

Theres lots of controversy in the field about many of the terms from
this period -- lots of euphemism, and lots of inaccuracy. In the case
of internment, the problem is inaccuracy. Internment refers to the
lawful process of detaining enemy aliens. Some 12,000 to 14,000
German, Italian, and Japanese aliens were interned during WWII in
camps administered by the Justice Department. The resident aliens and
US citizens in camps like Topaz (administered by the War Relocation
Authority) were not interned. They were incarcerated or

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