Deborah Michelle Hutson, University of Texas at El Paso


Novella about a German Jew, Frederic, who escapes Nazi Germany on the SS Columbus by concealing his religion after the arrest of his mother by the Gestapo. After the Columbus is torpedoed by the British while trying to run a blockade, he eventually ends up at the Fort Stanton German Internment Camp in New Mexico. There he falls in love with Elizabeth, a Mexican American nurse at the tuberculosis hospital, who is also dealing with grief and questioning her place in the world after losing both of her parents. The bombing of Pearl Harbor forces Frederic to deal with tightened security, the hostility of pro-Nazi internees, and the conflict between himself and Elizabeth. Violence, prejudice, and an escape attempt create a story of love, grief, and inner strength.

Subject Area

Creative writing|History|Romance literature

Recommended Citation

Hutson, Deborah Michelle, "Encampment" (2022). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30242508.