Old Newspaper Finds: Notice to German Alien Enemies

I found this notice in the Bridgeton Evening News, dated 30 January 1918.  It is a notice to German Alien Enemies, telling them to register.

This must have been a horrible time to be a German in America.

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  • Valerie - May 11, 2013 - 12:09 am

    I like how this notice is in English… very helpful for those new German immigrantsReplyCancel

  • Mariann Regan - May 12, 2013 - 2:41 pm

    That’s some phrase, “alien enemies,” and I remember stories of great suspicion of Germans during the two World Wars. (Then by WWII they were rounding up the Japanese and putting them in internment camps.) My mother-in-law’s family changed their last name so that it would sound less German. Here in Connecticut there is a city spelled Berlin. But since the wars it has been pronounced BERlin instead of BerLIN, to sidestep all German associations.

    Amazing how we still jump to categorize groups of people. I’ve been hearing many generalizations and slurs as the country considers immigration reform.ReplyCancel

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