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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 (66)
Concentration camps (618)
The journey (99)

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Unloading luggage (ddr-fom-1-887)
img Unloading luggage (ddr-fom-1-887)
WRA caption on reverse: "The baggage of approximately six hundred evacuees from the assembly center at Puyallup, Washington, is taken from the train by truck to their new homes at the Minidoka War Relocation Authority Center."
Letter from Bill  to Tama (ddr-densho-383-554)
doc Letter from Bill to Tama (ddr-densho-383-554)
Advice on travelling to Minidoka from Camp Harmony, conditions at Minidoka and progress on building camp
Memo on escorts to Tule Lake (ddr-densho-356-907)
doc Memo on escorts to Tule Lake (ddr-densho-356-907)
Memo regarding transfer of inmates to Tule Lake and what routes and stations have escorts to take them from the station to Tule Lake. Item stapled together with ddr-densho-356-887, 890, 902, 906 and 907.
Administrative Notice No. 27 Transfer to Amache (ddr-densho-356-802)
doc Administrative Notice No. 27 Transfer to Amache (ddr-densho-356-802)
Administrative Notice No. 27 from Santa Anita Assembly Center contains information regarding personal belongings in storage outside of the camp remaining their until settled at Amache at which point individuals my request their items be shipped to camp at the WRA's expense. It also provides instructions regarding train travel to Amache including water conservation, cleanliness, and …
Evacuation of Merced Assembly Center (ddr-densho-356-794)
doc Evacuation of Merced Assembly Center (ddr-densho-356-794)
Instructions for internees at Merced on the camp wide transfer to Topaz.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-295)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-295)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Minoru "Min" Yonekura. In the letter Min writes about his first few days at Topaz and the trip there. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-277 and ddr-densho-356-320.
Evacuee Information Release No. 2 Baggage Instructions (ddr-densho-356-803)
doc Evacuee Information Release No. 2 Baggage Instructions (ddr-densho-356-803)
Evacuee Information Release No. 2 from Santa Anita Assembly Center informs internees about the types of baggage allowed and how each type will be transported.
Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mitsuko Nakamura (ddr-densho-356-381)
doc Letter to Yuri Domoto from Mitsuko Nakamura (ddr-densho-356-381)
Letter to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Mitsuko Nakamura in which Mistuko tells about her first days in Crystal City and how it differs from Amache. Item tied together with all objects between ddr-densho-356-321 and ddr-densho-356-413.
Instructions on Evacuation of Merced Assembly Center (ddr-densho-356-774)
doc Instructions on Evacuation of Merced Assembly Center (ddr-densho-356-774)
Instructions for Yuriko Domoto Tsukada, her father Kanetaro Domoto, and her sister Wakako Domoto for the relocation from Merced to Granada.
Instructions to Japanese Americans enroute to War Relocation Camps (ddr-densho-356-792)
doc Instructions to Japanese Americans enroute to War Relocation Camps (ddr-densho-356-792)
List of rules for individuals to follow while being transferred from an Assembly Center to a Relocation Center
Two letters to Yuri from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-285)
doc Two letters to Yuri from Min Yonekura (ddr-densho-356-285)
Two letters to Yuriko Domoto Tsukada from Minoru "Min" Yonekura. Both letters stored in one envelope, unclear if they were mailed together or separately. Letter 5/11: describes forced removal, details items needed in assembly center to make barracks feel homey, food quality in the assembly center and general life there. Letter 2: discusses plans to move …
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
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 Interior.

Bill Shishima Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-1-4)
vh Bill Shishima Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1011-1-4)
The journey by train 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 Interior.

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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Donald Yamamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-2-3)
vh Donald Yamamoto Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1011-2-3)
The train ride to Heart Mountain

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George Azumano Interview Segment 17 (ddr-one-7-32-17)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 17 (ddr-one-7-32-17)
The train ride to Minidoka

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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

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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.

Yoshiko Kanazawa Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-15-4)
vh Yoshiko Kanazawa Segment 4 (ddr-jamsj-2-15-4)
Frightening camp experiences as a child: vaccinations and a long train ride
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 21 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-21)
Moving to Heart Mountain concentration camp, Wyoming; eventually working for the agricultural department
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