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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)
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The journey (99)

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Kara Kondo Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-139-30)
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Memories of the journey to Heart Mountain concentration camp, uncertain of destination
Ed Tsutakawa Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-196-17)
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Feeling frustrated on the difficult train ride to Minidoka concentration camp

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.

Kazuko Iwahashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-337-15)
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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)
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Minidoka concentration camp: armed MPs, housing and camp layout; finishing school, drafted for military service, and mail censoring
Mo Nishida Interview I Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-380-7)
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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.

Shig Yabu Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-272-11)
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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.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-84-27)
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Initial impressions of Minidoka

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-123-14)
Journey to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; booing a teacher who spoke of "democracy" in camp

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Yuriko Hohri Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-353-13)
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The journey by train to Jerome, fainting on first arriving

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 …

May Y. Namba Interview Segment 17 (ddr-densho-1000-171-17)
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Moving to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho: "It was a very dismal feeling"
Sarah Sato Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-81-15)
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Traveling to Jerome concentration camp: discrimination and poverty in the South
Gloria Kubota Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-13-2)
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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 …

Ruby Inouye Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-143-23)
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Moving to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho and working as a nurse's aide
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