Minidoka

Concentration Camp

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Former site of Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho (ddr-densho-35-32)
img Former site of Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho (ddr-densho-35-32)
The Minidoka concentration camp was located in the wastelands of southern Idaho. Currently, very few structures remain and the land is used for agriculture. Part of the camp existed in this area in the 1940s.
Nisei military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-328)
img Nisei military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-328)
Original WRA caption: Shown here are the four Sakura brothers who have volunteered for service in the combat team in the United States Army, which is composed of Americans of Japanese ancestry. These four brothers are fulfilling a vow made to their father, who died 20 years ago, to live and die for the United States ...
Sugar beet topping crew (ddr-densho-37-725)
img Sugar beet topping crew (ddr-densho-37-725)
Original WRA caption: All girl crew of sugar beet toppers working for Berlin Fought near Burley, Idaho. The girls cooked their own meals.
Camp farm (ddr-densho-37-676)
img Camp farm (ddr-densho-37-676)
Original WRA caption: Part of farm adjacent to Minidoka Relocation Center.
Camp band performance (ddr-densho-37-681)
img Camp band performance (ddr-densho-37-681)
Original WRA caption: Norakuro band. This is called a harmonica band although harmonicas are augmented by an equal number of other instruments. The organization including the name is patterned after Borrah Minnevitch's Harmonica Rascals. The band plays for center dances and is very popular. They play both American and Japanese music, often putting Japanese lyrics ...
Christmas decoration contest (ddr-densho-37-15)
img Christmas decoration contest (ddr-densho-37-15)
Original WRA caption: Dining hall 32 won fourth place with its beautiful centerpiece complete with life-size Santa Claus in the Christmas dining hall decorations contest.
Fire crew (ddr-densho-37-693)
img Fire crew (ddr-densho-37-693)
Original WRA caption: The fire crew of station #1 swings into action.
Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-12)
img Christmas decorations (ddr-densho-37-12)
Original WRA caption: "Block 1 dining hall." Block residents cleverly decorated their dining halls with waste material for Christmas. The blocks were judged for their decorations and ingenuity.
Japanese Americans swimming in irrigation canal (ddr-densho-37-326)
img Japanese Americans swimming in irrigation canal (ddr-densho-37-326)
Original WRA caption: Swimming hole located south of warehouse area adjacent to the North Side Irrigation Canal which may be seen at upper right. Water flows from canal into pool and out again. The average depth of the pool is 6 feet.
Japanese American clearing land (ddr-densho-37-706)
img Japanese American clearing land (ddr-densho-37-706)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee drives a heavy tractor pulling a triangle of heavy railroad irons breaking off sagebrush. This is one of the methods of clearing off land of the sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Japanese Americans clearing sagebrush (ddr-densho-37-703)
img Japanese Americans clearing sagebrush (ddr-densho-37-703)
Original WRA caption: A farm rake pulled by a Fordon-Ferguson tractor gathers up sagebrush previously bladed off by a road patrol.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas presents (ddr-densho-37-678)
Original WRA caption: Santa's Helpers - Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian church office.
Hunt High School students (ddr-densho-37-17)
img Hunt High School students (ddr-densho-37-17)
Original WRA caption: Students of the Hunt High School at the Minidoka Relocation Center, receive final grades from Miss Jones.
Japanese Americans sorting Christmas gifts (ddr-densho-37-7)
img Japanese Americans sorting Christmas gifts (ddr-densho-37-7)
Original WRA caption: SANTA'S HELPERS -- Through kind donations from thoughtful friends all over the United States, a happy and merry Christmas will be possible for the children of Hunt. Thousands of presents have been sent in day after day, swamping Rec. 21 and overflowing the Federated Christian Church office.
Panoramic view of camp (ddr-densho-37-746)
img Panoramic view of camp (ddr-densho-37-746)
Original WRA caption: A panorama view of the Minidoka War Relocation Authority center. This view, taken from the top of the water tower at the east end of the center, shows partially completed barracks.
Military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-663)
img Military volunteers (ddr-densho-37-663)
Original WRA caption: Volunteers for induction into the U.S. Army to serve in a special combat team of Japanese-Americans. At foot of flag pole stand H.L. Stafford, project director and right, Philip Schafer, assistant project director.
Japanese Americans preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-331)
img Japanese Americans preparing lunch (ddr-densho-37-331)
Original WRA caption: Dave K. Yoshida, from Seattle, Washington former Chef for [the] Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Kitchen crew preparing lunch. Menu: Baked macaroni with Spanish sauce, spinach, pickled beets, bread-pudding, tea, bread & butter.
Japanese American clearing land (ddr-densho-37-707)
img Japanese American clearing land (ddr-densho-37-707)
Original WRA caption: An evacuee drives a heavy tractor pulling a triangle of heavy railroad irons breaking off sagebrush. This is one of the methods of clearing off land of the sagebrush adjacent to the Minidoka Relocation Center.
Two Issei in front of barracks (ddr-densho-37-327)
img Two Issei in front of barracks (ddr-densho-37-327)
Original WRA caption: Minidoka Relocation Center, Hunt, Idaho. Joseph Gerald Osamu Sakamoto, 80, and Mary Ann Tsuchi Sakamoto, 80, on their golden wedding anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Sakamoto came to the United States from Japan in 1894. He was the first Japanese second-hand furniture store proprietor, first Japanese express man and one of the first vegetable ...
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