The journey

The journey to temporary "assembly centers" was a difficult and disorienting experience. After gathering at designated locations, Japanese Americans were met by armed soldiers and transported in buses, private cars, and trains to sixteen temporary "assembly centers." When they arrived at their new homes -- often hastily refurbished fairgrounds and racetracks -- they were shocked to see barbed-wire fences, guard towers, and searchlights.

World War II (66)
Temporary Assembly Centers (93)
The journey (108)

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Paul Nagano Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-65-6)
vh Paul Nagano Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-65-6)
Memories of Japanese Americans singing Christian hymns en route to concentration camps
Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-76-35)
vh Toru Sakahara - Kiyo Sakahara Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-76-35)
Trip to Puyallup Assembly Center: arranging own transportation

This interview was conducted over two days at the Sakaharas' home.

Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-68-17)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-68-17)
The train ride into the desert: traveling to Manzanar concentration camp
Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-184-40)
vh Hideo Hoshide Interview I Segment 40 (ddr-densho-1000-184-40)
Traveling to assembly center: confusion upon finding out final destination was in California
Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-273-15)
vh Marjorie Matsushita Sperling Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-273-15)
The journey to the Portland Livestock Center

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-170-30)
vh Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-170-30)
The train ride to Pinedale Assembly Center: "we were being treated as enemies"
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