Returning home

When the camps closed, Japanese Americans were handed $25 and put on trains headed for the places they had been forcibly removed from nearly four years earlier. Harassment was common -- many returning Japanese Americans were greeted with signs reading "No Japs Allowed." Other discovered their property had been vandalized or stolen. Homes and businesses that had been boarded up or left in the care of others were abandoned and stripped of furnishings and goods. For the majority, who did not have homes to return to, housing was the most serious problem. Housing discrimination was severe in many areas and persisted to varying degrees until the civil rights legislation of the 1960s. Former camp inmates with no other options moved into hostels and converted community institutions with conditions not much better than the camps they had just left. Although this period was stressful, it is remembered as a time when people came together to share what they had.

World War II (66)
Leaving camp (128)
Returning home (941)

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941 items
Alien's travel permit (ddr-manz-4-269)
doc Alien's travel permit (ddr-manz-4-269)
Permit allowing Shinjo Nagatomi and his family to travel to Gardena, California after leaving camp.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-21)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-21)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (June 7, 1944). Envelope is postmarked June 7, 1944 from Chicago, Illinois.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 6, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-91)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 6, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-91)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (January 6, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 8, 1945 from De Kalb, Illinois.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-40)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945) (ddr-janm-1-40)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Mary Murakami (January 14, 1945). Envelope is postmarked January 14, 1945 from Minneapolis, Minnesota. "Via air mail" is written boldly on the envelope.
Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 19, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-67)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 19, 1944) (ddr-janm-1-67)
Handwritten letter to Mollie Wilson from Miyeko Imamura (December 19, 1944). Envelope is postmarked December 19, 1944 from the Heart Mountain Incarceration Camp in Cody, Wyoming.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-143)
Excerpt: "Okay, okay! I'm writing! Please don't get angry!" Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his father (ddr-densho-153-144)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his father (ddr-densho-153-144)
Excerpt: "We got two trunks and a bag yesterday while we are absent." Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-123)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-123)
Excerpt: "Thank you very much for your letters." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-140)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-140)
Excerpt: "Here it is, exactly one week since we got back to Los Angeles." Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-122)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-122)
Excerpt: "Today I would like to inform you on some important news." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-128)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-128)
Excerpt: "Thanks for your letters. It sure sounds like the army life is teaching you quite a few things." Sent from Manzanar concentration camp, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-141)
doc Letter to a Nisei man from his sister (ddr-densho-153-141)
Excerpt: "Please forgive me for not writing more often. I guess a little excitement of being home causes me to forget!" Sent from Los Angeles, California, possibly to Camp Robinson, Arkansas.
American Concentration Camps VOLUME 8 1944 and 1945 Japanese of Hawaii (ddr-densho-372-8)
doc American Concentration Camps VOLUME 8 1944 and 1945 Japanese of Hawaii (ddr-densho-372-8)
Volume 8 divides into five sections. Description about this volume reads directly from the book as follows: Part 1 features archival documents from 1944 and 1945 that depict the winding down of the relocation program. Part 2 features selected pages of a Congressional Record from February 23, 1944 and June 23, 1944 that resulted in the …
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