International Journal of

Arts , Humanities & Social Science

ISSN 2693-2547 (Print) , ISSN 2693-2555 (Online)
Costa Rican Women and the Post-WWII struggle for the Return of their German Husbands and Sons


This paper examines role played by Costa Rican women, utilizing their status as wives and mothers, to have their German Costa Rican husbands and sons reunited with their families after World War II. This was necessitated by the Costa Rican government’s actions taken against German Costa Ricans during World War II, including loss of properties, internment in Costa Rica, and subsequent deportation to and internment in the United States. Elite Costa Rican wives and mothers of the deportees made emotional as well as legal pleas to win the favor of important sectors in the country to fight for justice for their families.