This international history uncovers an American security program in
which Washington reached into fifteen Latin American countries to
seize more than 4,000 German expatriates and intern them in the
Texas desert. The crowd of Nazi Party members, antifascist exiles,
and even Jewish refugees were lumped together in camps riven by
strife. The book, first published in 2003, examines the evolution
of governmental policy, its impact on individuals and emigrant
communities, and the ideological assumptions that blinded officials
in both Washington and Berlin to Latin American realities. Franklin
Roosevelt's vaunted Good Neighbor policy was a victim of this
effort to force reluctant Latin American governments to hand over
their German residents, while the operation ruined an opportunity
to rescue victims of the Holocaust. This study makes a very
contemporary argument: that security measures based on group
affiliation rather than individual actions are as unjust and
ineffective in foreign policy as they are in law enforcement.
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