Minidoka

Concentration Camp

More information in the Densho Encyclopedia ...

1792 items
Nisei soldier with friends (ddr-densho-2-63)
img Nisei soldier with friends (ddr-densho-2-63)
Soldier Ben Matsumoto is surrounded by inmates at the Minidoka concentration camp. The following people can be identified: Kaz Tsujimoto (wearing the white V-neck sweater) and his brother, Stan, is to his left holding the cigarette. Hiro Nishimoto is in front and Ben Tsujimoto is on the far right.
Minidoka Matinee Orchestra (ddr-densho-2-36)
img Minidoka Matinee Orchestra (ddr-densho-2-36)
Left to right: Joe Owaki (drums), Hiro Nishimoto (MC), Dorrie Abe (piano), Ted Shimano (orchestra conductor), Amy Iguchi (clarinet), Yosh Ogata (saxophone), George Kaku (violin), and Sally Makishima (violin). The residents of the Minidoka concentration camp formed numerous musical ensembles to pass the time. Orchestras, bands, and choirs frequently staged performances for entertainment.
Memorial service honoring fallen Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-2-35)
img Memorial service honoring fallen Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-2-35)
This memorial service was held for Japanese American soldiers killed during World War II. The Minidoka concentration camp had the highest number of Nisei volunteering for military service.
Japanese American weightlifter (ddr-densho-2-66)
img Japanese American weightlifter (ddr-densho-2-66)
Kaz Tsujikawa lifts weights as his friends look on.
Nisei soldier and the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-1)
img Nisei soldier and the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator (ddr-densho-10-1)
T-Sergeant Ben Kuroki (center front), a famous Nisei war hero, poses with the staff of the Minidoka Irrigator, the Minidoka concentration camp newspaper. Front (left to right): Mitsu Yasuda, Cherry Tanaka, Ben Kuroki, Kimi Tambara, and Kerry Soejima. Middle: Mitsuko Miyoshi, unidentified, Sachi Yasui, Miye Takatsuka, Masako Tsujikawa, and Watson Asaba. Back: Johnny Okamoto, Peter Ohtaki ...
Censored postcard from Japan (ddr-densho-13-22)
doc Censored postcard from Japan (ddr-densho-13-22)
This postcard was sent to Yoshi Asaba in Minidoka concentration camp from her mother, Iku Asaba, who was living in Kanagawa prefecture in Japan.
Japanese American in front of a vanity (ddr-densho-15-47)
img Japanese American in front of a vanity (ddr-densho-15-47)
Yoneko Tanaka from Seattle did her best to make her austere barrack apartment homelike. She constructed the vanity from scrap lumber.
Japanese Americans carrying plywood (ddr-densho-15-55)
img Japanese Americans carrying plywood (ddr-densho-15-55)
Yoneko Tanaka (left) and Norio Mitsuoka carry away lumber to make furniture.
Japanese Americans at Shoshone Falls (ddr-densho-15-68)
img Japanese Americans at Shoshone Falls (ddr-densho-15-68)
Shoshone Falls was an easy day trip for Japanese Americans from the Minidoka concentration camp. Camp inmates were allowed to leave Minidoka on short excursions with approval from camp administrators. Left to right: unidentified, unidentified, Ted Kamada, and Yoneko Tanaka.
Family in camp (ddr-densho-15-53)
img Family in camp (ddr-densho-15-53)
Ben Ikeda is second from left and his brother, Robert, is next to him. To the far right is their youngest brother, name unknown.
Japanese American with light meter (ddr-densho-15-57)
img Japanese American with light meter (ddr-densho-15-57)
Norio Mitsuoka, twenty-seven years old, prepares to take a picture. Although cameras were among the items confiscated from Japanese Americans after Pearl Harbor, Mitsuoka was allowed to have a camera in camp in 1944.
Two Japanese Americans in their barracks apartment (ddr-densho-15-58)
img Two Japanese Americans in their barracks apartment (ddr-densho-15-58)
Grandma Yorozu, who at eighty-four years of age was one of the oldest Japanese Americans at Minidoka, and Fusa Yorozu inside their barracks apartment.
Party for a Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-20-7)
img Party for a Nisei soldier (ddr-densho-20-7)
This is a party for Hiroshi "Junior" Okawa, who was on leave from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team. Left to right: Hideye Yasubaki, Fujiko Ishibashi, unidentified, Dr. Ishibashi, Kiyoshi Okawa, Hiroshi "Junior" Okawa, Suzu Okawa, unidentified, unidentified, unidentified, and unidentified. Yoshiro Okawa is in the back.
Letter regarding parole conditions (ddr-densho-25-55)
doc Letter regarding parole conditions (ddr-densho-25-55)
This letter informed Matahichi Iseri that under the conditions of his parole, he was barred from returning to the West Coast.
Two children leaving camp (ddr-densho-34-43)
img Two children leaving camp (ddr-densho-34-43)
Cousins Jane Kitamoto (left) and Natalie Hayashida.
Japanese Americans in camp before departure (ddr-densho-34-44)
img Japanese Americans in camp before departure (ddr-densho-34-44)
Mrs. Fumiko Hayashida, with Takamono (first name unknown), Frank Kitamoto, Neil Hayashida, Atmoto Tanaguchi, Jane Kitamoto, an unidentified child and Natalie Hayashida, before their departure from Minidoka concentration camp.
API