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Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014
Vanished: The German internment BUS-eum comes to Marshall

From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 16, 2007, area residents had an opportunity to learn a relatively little known story from America's history, the internment of German civilians in U.S. internment camps during World War II. BUS-eum 2, a mobile museum sponsored by TRACES, a St. Paul, Minn.-based organization, stopped in Marshall on its second visit to Missouri. More than 60,000 people in eight states have visited the exhibit in the past couple of years.

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Several people read exhibit panels on the side of the bus while waiting for an opportunity to view the display inside. The bus, which has a capacity of 21 in its small theater, was full most of the three hours it was parked outside the Marshall Public Library Monday, April 16. Library Director Amy Crump said more than 120 people visited the exhibit. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Visitors to "Vanished: German-American Internment, 1941-48" on the BUS-eum could watch a videos about the internment of German civilians during World War II, including an NBC Dateline program that focused on the forced immigration of Germans from Latin American countries to U.S. internment camps. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Exhibits in the BUS-eum include text, photographs and period memorabilia that tell the story of German civilians detained for years during World War II. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

"Internment: It could happen to you!" is the sign on the back of BUS-eum 2. Several area residents who viewed the exhibit said they wondered whether similar things were happening today. (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

Michael Luick-Thrams, who directs the TRACES museum and served as bus driver/master of ceremonies during the exhibit's stop in Marshall, wrote in his introduction to the "Vanished" exhibit: "In a land where the rule of law is thought to prevail, tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children were arbitrarily detained, interned and even deported or "exchanged" by the United States government." (Eric Crump/Democrat-News)

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