The journey

The journey from temporary "assembly centers" to permanent concentration camps was a difficult and disorienting experience. Japanese Americans were transported in buses and trains to desolate regions of the country guarded by armed soldiers. Forced to keep the window shades drawn, camp inmates were unaware of where they were going, and were often shocked by the harsh landscape upon arrival.

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Postcard to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (October 1, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-87)
doc Postcard to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (October 1, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-87)
Postcard to Mollie Wilson from June Yoshigai (October 1, 1942). It is postmarked October 2, 1942 from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California.
Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-337-15)
vh Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-337-15)
Memories of the train ride to camp

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.

Mo Nishida Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-380-7)
vh Mo Nishida Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-380-7)
Memories of the train ride to camp

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.

Gene Akutsu Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-1-11)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-1-11)
Minidoka concentration camp: armed MPs, housing and camp layout; finishing school, drafted for military service, and mail censoring
Tule Lake monograph (ddr-csujad-26-1)
doc Tule Lake monograph (ddr-csujad-26-1)
Unpublished manuscript includes a collection of diary entries, letters, and essays written by school students incarcerated at the Tule Lake camp and collected through the Japanese American Evacuation and Resettlement Study (JERS). The writings include first-person descriptions of travel to the Tule Lake camp, adapting to camp, limitations of camp, day-to-day camp life, family life, community ...
Ten-minute rest stop (ddr-densho-253-5)
img Ten-minute rest stop (ddr-densho-253-5)
Caption: "Ten-minute rest stop permitted the Japanese to stretch briefly. Halts were made at two-hour intervals. Some Japanese strolled into sagebrush, others tinkered with motors, smoked, talked."
Internees filled mattress tickings (ddr-densho-253-3)
img Internees filled mattress tickings (ddr-densho-253-3)
Caption: "Internees filled matress tickings with straw as the last daylight fades over the Sierras. Upon these ticks, covering metal Army cots, Japanese slept. Only essential furniture was supplied. Additional comforts were fashioned in Manzanar workshops."
Travel roster sheet (ddr-densho-25-83)
doc Travel roster sheet (ddr-densho-25-83)
This roster sheet specified the people traveling in one train car to Tule Lake, California.
Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1015-3-13)
vh Kitako Izumizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1015-3-13)
The train ride to Poston concentration camp: heat causes food to spoil
Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-12)
vh Mollie Nakasaki Interview Segment 12 (ddr-jamsj-2-4-12)
Recollections of the crowded journey to Poston concentration camp, Colorado

This interview was conducted by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, and is part of a project entitled "Lasting Stories: The Resettlement of San Jose Japantown," a collaborative project between the Japanese American Museum of San Jose and Densho.

Gloria Kubota Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-13-2)
vh Gloria Kubota Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-13-2)
Terrible journey by train to Heart Mountain concentration camp

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing on ...

Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-one-7-62-18)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-one-7-62-18)
Memories of the train ride to Minidoka

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.

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