1942 October 18

Curfew and Travel Limits on Italian Aliens to be Lifted


U.S. military authorities in charge of the military zones on the West Coast, including the evacuation of all Japanese-Americans, announced on this day that curfew and travel restrictions on Italian aliens in the U.S. would be lifted later that day. The order affected an estimated tens of thousands of Italian aliens and others of Italian background who became officially Stateless as a result of the war.

The story of the evacuation and internment of the Japanese-Americans during World War II is etched in American memory, but it is often forgotten that thousands of Italian-Americans and German-Americans were also interned or subject to other restrictions on their freedom during the war. On November 7, 2000 Congress passed the Wartime Violations of Italian-Americans Act,” authorizing a study of the subject.

Learn more: Lawrence Di Stasi, Una Storia Segreta: The Secret History of Italian American Evacuation and Internment during World War II (2004)

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