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.

World War II (27)
Concentration camps (126)
The journey (77)

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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.

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.
Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-7-3)
vh Nobu Shimokochi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-7-3)
An uncomfortable train ride to Heart Mountain

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Shig Yabu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-10-3)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-10-3)
Memories of the train ride to Heart Mountain

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 ...

Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-153-45)
vh Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 45 (ddr-densho-1000-153-45)
Moving to permanent camp in Jerome, Arkansas; working as the storekeeper for the food warehouse

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those ...

George Yoshida Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-132-23)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-132-23)
Arrival at Poston concentration camp: registering, filling own mattress with straw
May K. Sasaki Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-79-16)
vh May K. Sasaki Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-79-16)
The train ride to Minidoka; memories of physical setting, windstorms
Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-272-11)
vh Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-272-11)
Memories of the train ride to Heart Mountain

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 ...

Kara Kondo Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-139-30)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-139-30)
Memories of the journey to Heart Mountain concentration camp, uncertain of destination
Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-172-20)
vh Yosh Nakagawa Interview Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-172-20)
Remembering the train ride from assembly center to concentration camp
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-94)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-94)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sadae (Lillian) Nishioka (June 8, 1942). Envelope is postmarked June 11, 1942 and addressed from Lillian Nishioka from the Poston (Colorado River) Incarceration Camp in Parker, Arizona.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-16)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943) (ddr-janm-1-16)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Sandie Saito (July 17, 1943). Envelope (addressed "The 'Flea' ") is postmarked July 19, 1943 from the Granada (Amache) Incarceration Camp in Amache, Colorado.
Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (August 31, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-86)
doc Letter (with envelope) to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (August 31, 1942) (ddr-janm-1-86)
Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from June Yoshigai (August 31, 1942). Envelope is postmarked September 1, 1942 from the Santa Anita Assembly Center in Arcadia, California.
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