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This document contains the text of two letters, dated January 15, 1942, the first signed by Sierra States University President Dr. Raymond L. Peters, and the second signed by Sierra States University Student Body President John C. Fischer and Student Body Secretary Muriel Whitney, addressed to the United States (US) Immigration Service in Bismarck, North Dakota (ND), in support of Sierra States University student and German national Richard Auras, who on December 8, 1941 was arrested by the US government under the Alien Enemy Act of 1798 and interned at Fort Lincoln, south of Bismarck, ND.

In the first letter, Peters describes Auras as a good student and says he would like to see Auras finish his course "so he can graduate with the other students of his class."

In the second letter, Fischer and Whitney describe Auras as "honest and sincere" and also urge that he be allowed to return to school.

See also:

Petition and Affidavit By Curt Benedict for Release of Richard Auras from Internment, August 1946

Letter from Richard Auras to William Langer Regarding Internment Status Decision, January 27, 1946

Date of Work



Ellis Island, German, Germany, Fort Lincoln, Richard Auras, World War II, WWII

Organizations Referenced

Sierra State University, United States Immigration Service

People Referenced

Richard Auras, Raymond L. Peters, John C. Fischer, Muriel Whitney

Text of Letters from Raymond L. Peters. John C. Fischer and Muriel Whitney to the United States Immigration Service in support of Student Richard Auras, January 15, 1942