1 Reply Latest reply on Oct 23, 2019 1:33 PM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking hearings records civilian enemy aliens World War II

    Aaron Gillette Newbie

      During the Second World War, German nationals were arrested and incarcerated by the FBI as enemy aliens. They had the right to a hearing by the enemy alien internment board, to determine if they posed a threat to the United States. They might have been denied the request; put on parole; or released. I am searching for transcripts of what was said during these hearings, or transcripts of interviews associated with the hearings. These are for certain individuals (about 20). I don't need simple pro forma documents without the substantive information indicated. (In other words, I assume that the individuals were asked what they were doing in the U.S., why, on what legal basis, how could they demonstrate that they posed no threat to the U.S., and so forth).

       

      My best guess would be requesting and search these two record groups:

       

      RG 60

      60.15.3 Records of the Board of Parole

      A board of parole established in each federal prison pursuant to the Parole Act (36 Stat. 819), June 25,1910. Superseded by single Board of Parole pursuant to amendments to the Parole Act (46 Stat. 272), May 12,1930. Abolished, with functions to U.S. Parole Commission, by an act of March 15,1976 (90 Stat. 219)

      Textual Records: Dockets of meetings, 1930-43.

       

      Related Records: Records of boards of parole in RG 129, Records of the Bureau of Prisons.

      Series: Inmate Case Files, 1895 -1952, Textual; Negatives; Artifacts; Photographs; X Rays National Archives Identifier: 571125

       

      RG 389

      389.4.8 Records of the American Prisoner of War Information Branch

      Textual Records: Civilian alien internee case files, 1941-45. Prisoner-of-war rosters, 1949-57. General correspondence, 1942- 49. Credit certificates and records relating to impounded and lost property, 1947-55. Card file of Americans interned by Germany and Japan during World War II, 1942-46. Subject files of Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 22d U.S. Army Prisoner of War/Civilian Internee Information Center (Fort George G. Meade, MD), 1949-74. Records of the U.S. Army Office of Prisoner of War/Missing in Action (POW/MIA) Affairs, consisting of documents released by the Task Force 250 POW/MIA Documentation Project, 1991-92.

       

      Records Relating to Alien Civilian Internees During World War II, 1941 -1946

      Record Group:Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General From RG: 389

      This series contains lists, correspondence, reports, and other types of records relating to alien civilians interned in the U.S. during World War II. Notable among the records are internee case files for individuals from countries other tha...

      National Archives Identifier: 876995 Container Identifier: Boxes 1-22 HMS Entry Number(s): Al 466-J

      Creator: War Department. Office of the Provost Marshal General. American Prisoner of War Information Bureau. Enemy Alien Branch, ca. 1941-ca. 1947

       

      Thank you.

       

        • Re: Seeking hearings records civilian enemy aliens World War II
          Lisha Penn Navigator

          Dear Mr. Gillette,

           

          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

           

          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 33 series pertaining to Germans and Enemy Aliens during WWII mostly in the Records of the Immigration and Naturalization Service (Record Group 85), the Records of the Office of the Provost Marshal General (Record Group 389), and the General Records of the Department of State (Record Group 59). Please review each one. Some of these records may be digitized and available in the Catalog. If not, please contact the National Archives unit that has custody of the records and provide them with the names of the 20 persons whom you are seeking information about.

           

          We also locate the Dockets of Meetings of the Board of Parole, 1930-1943 in the General Records of the Department of Justice (Record Group 60). For access to and/or copies of these and other records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov and provide them with the names of the 20 persons whom you are seeking information about.

           

          We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!