Arrest, searches, and seizures

Many Nisei (second-generation Japanese Americans) can vividly recall their fathers being hauled off by FBI agents to unidentified destinations for an unknown duration. Not surprisingly, anxiety and uncertainty spread quickly after Pearl Harbor. Many precious heirlooms were burned by families wanting to rid themselves of any connection to Japan. FBI agents raided Japanese American homes, confiscating short wave radios, cameras, and books. With the systematic removal of Issei (first-generation) leaders, the Nisei -- children and teenagers for the most part -- were abruptly asked to represent the larger group as well as their own families. They found themselves translating FBI and military orders for their parents and helping to keep family businesses going.

World War II (66)
Pearl Harbor and aftermath (97)
Arrest, searches, and seizures (336)

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Fred Matsumura Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-46-7)
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Community responses to Pearl Harbor: no animosity towards Japanese Americans in Hawaii; FBI pick-ups

This interview was conducted at the 1998 Americans of Japanese Ancestry Veterans National Convention, held in Honolulu, Hawaii. Given the full conference schedule, interviews conducted at the reunion were shorter in length than typical Densho interviews. Beverly Kashino, one of the interviewers, ...

Tad Sato Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-82-4)
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Father's pick-up by the FBI: the possibility that he was turned in by Japanese "stool pigeons"

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

Sarah Sato Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-81-5)
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Father's pick-up and detention by the FBI, and the family's decision to be incarcerated together
Masamizu Kitajima Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-287-12)
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After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, father hides funds collected to build the church before being arrested by the FBI

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Masamizu Kitajima Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-287-15)
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Enduring harassment by the FBI after father's arrest

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George Yamada Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-187-16)
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Community reactions to Pearl Harbor; fears of FBI arrests

This interview was conducted as part of a project to capture stories of the Japanese American community of Spokane, Washington. Densho worked in collaboration with the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture.

Akira Otani Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-321-11)
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Father's arrest by the FBI

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Masamizu Kitajima Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-287-13)
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Visiting father after his pick-up by FBI

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Tad Sato Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-82-16)
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Visiting father at the Kooskia internment camp, Idaho

Due to technical difficulties, this interview has audio problems in its second half.

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