Prisoners Amoung Us

Lily Boemker
The street where she and her family lived was the line of demarcation. They were forced to move 25 miles away.

Tom Brokaw
NBC anchor and author of The Greatest Generation. Brokaw discusses the Italian-American war effort and the contributions and valor of war hero Gino Merli.

Salvatore Calandra
A US Army interpreter for the POWs. Calandra discusses the interaction of the POWs and the communities that surrounded the labor camps.

Frank Casarona
Emigrated from Italy in 1924. He describes his life in Italy as a young boy, the poverty in his village, passage to America, and prejudices toward his family in his new neighborhood community.

John Calvelli
A Board Member of the National Italian American Foundation, Calvelli talks about the identity of Italian-Americans and their role in as Americans.

Steve DeAnna
While serving as a medic in the 86th Airborne Division, De Anna, visited relatives in Italy and wrote a journal of his experiences fighting on his native land.

Ralph DiGia
A conscientious objector, DiGia served three years in Danbury Prison during WWII, and recounts his early pacifist experiences and the witnessing the trial of Sacco and Vanzetti.

Angelica DeLuca
DeLuca emigrated from Italy in 1927 and recalls seeing Mussolini's army marching through her small village, her passage in steerage, and her experiences moving to a Hungarian neighborhood.

Lawrence Di Stasi
President, American Italian Historical Association, Western Chapter, and Director of "Una Storia Segreta" (The Secret Story), an exhibit addressing the "enemy alien" experience and relocation of Italian-Americans.

Roy Domenico, Ph.D.
Ph.D historian.  Domenico discusses the rise of Mussolini the fascist and anti-fascist Historian Domenico discusses the rise of Mussolini and the fascist and anti-fascist movement in the United States before the war.

Maria Fama
Fama, poet and playwright, reads her father's diary entries, focusing on when he feared for his mother in Italy during the war.

Anita Ferrente
Ferrente's father was a fisherman whose boat was confiscated during the war. Labeled "enemy aliens," her family was required to relocate.

Stephen Fox
Fox, author of Uncivil Liberties, discusses the relocation of 10,000 Italian-Americans on the West Coast.

Rosemary Fiorani Gallagher
Daughter of Northeastern Pennsylvania radio industry pioneers Rose and Angelo Fiorani, Gallagher recalls government censorship of her parents' Italian musical broadcasts during the war.

Menzi Gatti
Gatti recalls how the FBI labeled his parents "enemy aliens" and confiscated personal property that was never returned.

Italian American Veterans Post #1
The Italian American Veterans from Post #1 Lorain Ohio, tell their stories of service and allegiance.

Salvatore LaGunima, Ph.D.
This professor of history at Nassau Community College, discusses his family's being labeled "enemy aliens."

Congressmen Rick Lazio
Former Congressman Lazio Co-sponsored HR 2442. He testified at the "Wartime Violation of Italian American Civil Liberties Hearing."

Congressmen Eliot Engel
Co-sponsored of HR 2442 with Rick Lazio, he discussed The Wartime Violation of Italian-American Civil Liberties Act and why this chapter in American history can no longer be kept a secret.

Mike Magazzine
Magazzine was stationed in Italy during the war, and tells about his search for his Italian grandmother.

Gino Merli
When his company was attacked by German soldiers, Private First Class Merli kept the enemy at bay by shooting back - even feigning death twice - throughout the night. Because his gallantry and courage contributed materially to our victory, Merli was awarded the WWII Congressional Medal of Honor.

Robert Morasco
Morasco is the son of a GI killed liberating Piansinatico, a small Italian village, from Hitler's army. Since 1944, the village and many of its inhabitants have honored his father in a processional ceremony and mass on a mountain overlooking the village.

Joe Nieri
Relocated as an "enemy alien," Nieri was sworn into citizenship with his brother in boot camp. Nieri and his brother, fighting in the same foxhole in Italy, were both injured. Native relatives visited while they recuperated.

Bishop Anthony M. Pilla
Bishop of Cleveland. Bishop Pilla discusses the problems and issues the Catholic Church in America faced with Italian immigrants. He also talks about the Irish and Italian conflicts within the church.

Richard Polenberg, Ph.D.
The author of One Nation Divisible, Polenberg addresses the politics of WWII.

Libero and Lydia Puccini
A former POW and his wife discuss the impact the Italian POWs had on American communities.

John Ruttura
Historian Ruttura explains immigration and the padrone system.

Midori Yamanouchi Rynn, Ph.D.
A noted sociologist from the University of Scranton, Dr. Rynn compares the Italian-American internment and assimilation experiences to those of Japanese-Americans.

Nicholas Santilli, Ph.D.
Dr Santilli, a psychologist at John Carroll University, describes the assimilation process and what role the treatment of Italian-Americans during WWII played in shaping their ethnic identity.

Rose Scudero
Scudero discusses her relocation experiences, her struggles with ethnic identity, and her work with recognizing the wartime violations of Italians in America.

Alfred Tonolo, Ph.D.
A former officer in the Italian army, Tonolo describes his experiences as a POW and a contrasting perspective of the "melting pot" theory.

Rudolph Vecoli, Ph.D.
Eminent scholar and director of the Center for Immigration Studies, Vecoli talks about the assimilation of Italian immigrants in America and how fascism affected the lives of Italian-Americans as a whole.

Janet Worrall, Ph.D.
Noted historian and expert on Italian POWs, Worrall reports on the experiences in American camps and the reaction of the surrounding communities.

Marino Sichi
Sichi discusses his arrest and relocation as an "enemy alien."

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