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Louisiana Considered: Camp Algiers, New Orleans’ forgotten WWII internment camp

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THE HISTORIC NEW ORLEANS COLLECTION, GIFT OF MR. AND MRS. PETER BERNARD, ACC. NO. 1984.112.228
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The Historic New Orleans Collection
Immigration buildings at what was 'Camp Algiers' circa 1916.
  • Patrick Madden hosted this Monday’s episode of Louisiana Considered.
  • In two episodes from WWNO’s podcast “TriPod: New Orleans at 300,” NPR’s Laine Kaplan-Levenson gives us the history of New Orleans’ forgotten WWII internment camp, Camp Algiers. Part one tells the story of how innocent Europeans living in Latin America were wrongfully kidnapped by FBI agents and brought to the camp. Part two details how actual Nazis, the FBI’s intended targets, found leadership roles on the internee committee, endangering innocent Europeans and Jews kept there during the war.
Patrick is the Regional News Director for the news collaboration between WRKF Baton Rouge and WWNO New Orleans.
Aubry is a reporter, producer and operations assistant in Baton Rouge.