Family Internment Camp Crystal City was unique among American detention camps; by all accounts compassionately run, it housed families in individual units, and established accredited schools. Unusually, it held Japanese-Americans; German parents and their American-born children; Italians; and Japanese-Peruvians, rounded up for “hemispheric security.” Another surprise: families were repatriated against their will in exchange for American prisoners trapped abroad. Our text, The Train to Crystal City by journalist and Nieman Fellow Jan Jarboe Russell (Scribner, 2015), details the story of the camp and its internees, who were gone by 1948 and forgotten. The book is reportorial, highlighting a little-known aspect of a nation at war 75 years ago. Interviews with real families, available in the Texas Historical Commission’s public archives, will supplement the text.