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              WARTIME VIOLATIONS ACT IN FOCUS
                       Italian Center URGES STUDY  

 
Salt Lake City, Utah - The Italian Center of the West is revisiting the historic Wartime Violations of Italian American Civil Liberties Act, or H.R. 2442, with an exhibit and television documentary chronicling the treatment of Italian Americans and Italian POWs during the World War II.


"This is long overdue and we are honored to be able to tell the stories which have not been made public until now," said Italian Center of the West historian Kathy Kirkpatrick. "This is important history and recognizing it allows further investigation into the Italian story in America.”

Following years of work by Italian groups nationwide the bill became law November 7, 2000. Center officials indicate the bill serves as an important step of acknowledgement by the U.S. Government thus allowing further study.


The freedom of more than 600,000 Italian-born immigrants in the United States and their families was restricted during World War II by Government measures that branded them “enemy aliens” and included carrying identification cards, travel restrictions, and seizure of personal property.

A fund raiser in mid-November launched the initiative to uncover the nearly forgotten history. An exhibit and documentary trailer received high praise.

The Italian Center of the West points to this wartime history as reason to conduct research, record interviews, gather stories and archive the wartime experience heretofore unknown by the general public. The Center projects a traveling exhibit, an ongoing documentary series and public lectures.

In testimony during the hearings on the bill it was noted, “This secret history of wartime restrictions on Italian Americans living in the United States has been largely absent from the American history books”.

The National Italian American Foundation and other Italian groups worked with both House Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in bringing the “Wartime Violation Act” forward.


The Italian Center of the West was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization on December 3, 2003. It was the dream of several people in the Salt Lake community to provide a cultural outreach and an educational forum on Italian civilization. Through the efforts and generosity of countless volunteers this dream has become a reality. The Italian Center of the West has a Board of Directors made up of community leaders who share a common vision, love of the Italian cultureinvestigation into the Italian story in America.”

Following years of work by Italian groups nationwide the bill became law November 7, 2000. Center officials indicate the bill serves as an important step of acknowledgement by the U.S. Government thus allowing further study.

The freedom of more than 600,000 Italian-born immigrants in the United States and their families was restricted during World War II by Government measures that branded them “enemy aliens” and included carrying identification cards, travel restrictions, and seizure of personal property.

A fund raiser in mid-November launched the initiative to uncover the nearly forgotten history. An exhibit and documentary trailer received high praise.

The Italian Center of the West points to this wartime history as reason to conduct research, record interviews, gather stories and archive the wartime experience heretofore unknown by the general public. The Center projects a traveling exhibit, an ongoing documentary series and public lectures.

In testimony during the hearings on the bill it was noted, “This secret history of wartime restrictions on Italian Americans living in the United States has been largely absent from the American history books”.

The National Italian American Foundation and other Italian groups worked with both House Judiciary Chairman Henry Hyde and Utah Senator Orrin Hatch in bringing the “Wartime Violation Act” forward.


The Italian Center of the West was incorporated as a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization on December 3, 2003. It was the dream of several people in the Salt Lake community to provide a cultural outreach and an educational forum on Italian civilization. Through the efforts and generosity of countless volunteers this dream has become a reality. The Italian Center of the West has a Board of Directors made up of community leaders who share a common vision, love of the Italian culture.