I.D. Weeks Library at The U to host ‘Vanished: German-American Civil Internment, 1941-48’ World War II exhibit

VERMILLION, S.D. -- I.D. Weeks Library at The University of South Dakota will host the traveling exhibit, “Vanished: German-American Civilian Internment, 1941-48” from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

This event is considered one of least known chapters in American history. During World War II, the United States government interned 15,000 German-American civilians, including more than 4,000 Latin-American Germans brought to the U.S. and later exchanged for Nazi-held Americans. 

Housed in a converted school bus, this mobile museum includes memorabilia, narrative texts and multi-media presentations in a 21-seat theater. 

"The buseum exhibit offers a unique educational opportunity for students and the community," noted Gayla Koerting, Ph.D., Special Collections Librarian at The U. "The bus will be parked in the lot adjacent to the library, and I hope that everyone will take time to view the exhibit." 

For more information about this event, please contact Koerting at (605) 677-8867 or by visiting www.TRACES.org.  TRACES is a non-profit educational organization located in St. Paul, Minn., that gathers, preserves, and presents stories of people from the Midwest and Germany or Austria during World War II.  The exhibit is being sponsored through funding by the South Dakota State Historical Society and I. D. Weeks Library.