There was a war, and hysteria allows and permits and  commands almost anything. So you have to find enemies; you have to find the spies and the fifth columnists.


Heinz  Betzler

German Internee

The Author . . .


I retired from teaching history and turned to writing  fiction. Leaving 'facts' behind (not easy!), I came to love 'Telling Lies for Fun and Profit!' As you might expect, some of my stories have historical themes—'Illusions' and 'Infamy!' Others are semi-autobiographical, explore art history, obsessive collectors, or immigration. Crime, of course, is a central element.


There are brief explanations of his fiction on this page, but by all means use the Menu bar (above) to discover additional information (non-fiction) about relocation and internment during World War II.


Whether you’re a history buff or someone who just enjoys a good yarn, there's a book here for you.

(To order, select the ‘Amazon’ button for each book—non-fiction, early fiction, etc.).

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One of those rare books that will gratify readers of diverse backgrounds and interests.' —Northcoast Journal

A significant book for all Americans concerned with this country's attitudes toward and treatment of immigrants, and with individual rights. —Voices in Italian Americana



Displays a powerful ability to tell a story, a sharp eye for vivid detail and an ardent sensitivity to precise language. A fast-paced, compelling narrative of kindness and caring in spite of disillusionment over national security, patriotism, medical professionalism, military competence, bureaucratic power and family loyalty. It is a compelling and poignant read. — iBooks


Stephen Fox's Infamy! cleverly mixes fact and fiction to bring us the inside story of the days leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. We are introduced to the Steiners, a real life ex-pat German family living in Honolulu, a family with the familiar stresses and foibles common to family life. What are the Steiners up to? — Amazon


A fascinating and chilling account. The oral histories breathe Kafkaesque life into the written record. More than putting flesh on bare bones, the oral histories make credible what is otherwise an almost unbelievable tale. —The Oral History Review   


Through personal interviews and letter collections, underpinned by thousands of related documents, Fox tells their—and America’s—shameful story. Must reading for all concerned about a repetition and erosion of American civil liberties. —Society for German-American Studies Newsletter 


A gem of a book, from engaging anecdote to personal narrative to sweeping history, and best of all, the connections between yesterday and today. — John Christgau, author of '"Enemies': World War II Alien Internment"

I see what is going on, and I'm aghast. I'm so glad to see the previous battles, the stupidity, and finally some grace. Thank you for writing about a previous time and those terrible people, but also the good people. — Bill Bousman

It was a time of profiling, FBI bungling, military commissions, secret arrests, suspension of due process and habeas corpus, deportation, extraordinary rendition, second class citizenship and other forms of harassment -- all in the name of homeland security during a war being fought overseas. — Ron Standerfer for Reader Views

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