Support from the non-Japanese American community

During mass removal and incarceration, Japanese Americans received outside support and assistance from religious organizations, civil rights groups, and other concerned individuals. The American Friends Service Committee was one of the most active groups to help the Japanese American community during World War II. Committee members donated educational materials to the camp schools and libraries and were influential in persuading the government to allow Nisei to leave the camps for colleges in the interior of the country. Ministers, peace activists and other supporters of the Japanese American community often visited the camps and spoke out publicly against the incarceration. Church groups across the country also organized clothing and food drives for the camp inmates.

World War II (20)
Support from the non-Japanese American community (129)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
American Civil Liberties Union, American Friends Service Committee, Ernest Besig, Thomas Bodine, Charles H. Bonesteel, Clara Breed, John Burns, Miles E. Cary, Hung Wai Ching, Mark W. Clark, Cecil Coggins, Delos Emmons, Galen Fisher, Bob Fletcher, Charles Hemenway, Harold Ickes, Jewish response to incarceration, Dorothea Lange, Charles F. Loomis, Hugh Macbeth, Carey McWilliams, John Nason, Herbert Nicholson, Robert O'Brien, Morris Opler, Edward L. Parsons, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Shivers, Norman Thomas, Harry S. Truman, A.L. Wirin

129 items
Peace activist and internees (ddr-densho-13-45)
img Peace activist and internees (ddr-densho-13-45)
Floyd Schmoe, a pacifist and supporter of the Japanese American community, with Yoshi Asaba and Father Joe Kitagawa at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Father Kitagawa was the Episcopal minister at Minidoka. Floyd Schmoe was born in 1895 and is a peace activist and Quaker from Seattle, Washington. Schmoe was a strong supporter of the Japanese ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2034 (March 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-10)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 88, No. 2034 (March 16, 1979) (ddr-pc-51-10)
Selected article titles: "United Way Help Sought for Asians in L.A." (p. 1), "Japan America Societies Form Nat'l Assn." (pp. 1, 3), "Only West Coast Public Official to Condemn Evacuation Proposal" (p. 3), and "Rohwer Revisited, Locals Wonder Why" (p. 8).
Walt Woodward Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-104-4)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-104-4)
Watching Japanese Americans prepare for removal from Bainbridge Island, and taking backlash for stance against the incarceration
Walt Woodward Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-104-10)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-104-10)
Reason for taking a stand against incarceration: "it was the only thing to do"
Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
doc Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates about a house Mrs. Gates is occupying.
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 10 (March 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-59)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 10 (March 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-59)
Selected article titles: "Japan Sends New Memo on Exchange of Nationals" (p. 1), "Night Attack Reported on Santa Clara Evacuee" (p. 1), and "Long Beach YWCA Ready to Give Assistance" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
Selected article titles: "Spain Quits as Protecting Power: Vice Consul of Spain Leaves Center After Receiving Order" (p. 1), "Nisei Inducted into U.S. Army Now Total 17,600" (p. 1), "9 Sentenced on Charges of Violating Regulations" (pp. 1-2), and "Procedure Given for Those Planning Return to Hawaii" (p. 3).
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony"
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-3)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Missoula from an unknown sender (possibly the Andrew and Eva Goodenoughs). Postmarked January 19, 1942. Purple "CENSORED" stamp on the lower left side of the envelope. On the back of the envelope “Goodenough” is written in pencil. Letter dated Jan 18, 1942, with a return address in Portland from ...
doc Postcard to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Teru Koyama (ddr-one-5-13)
Postcard addressed to Dr. Keizabruo Koyama at Fort Sill from his wife, Teru Koyama, at the Portland Assembly Center. Postmarked May 15, 1942. Dated May 14, 1942. On the back Teru writes Kei asking if he needs more clothes, and that she had stored their belongs with Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough. She describes the food at ...
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-30)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) in Nyssa, Oregon, dated December 2, 1942. She writes that she is angry about Kay's treatment in town. Writes that she wishes they were home. Talks about Ethel Crow, her sister Vickie, and Vickie's granddaughter Victoria, as well as general news about ...
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-52)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated November 20, 1943. She wrote that James Albert "Al" Johnson came to visit her and said Kay was worried about her. Her health is still quite fragile.
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-22)
Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Miyuki "Kay" Kida, dated July 6, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt writes that she wishes she could be there with Kay as she is alone at the Portland Assembly Center since her husband Kenjiro and son George have left for temporary work leave in Eastern Oregon. Sarah "Sade" Pyatt tells Kay about ...
doc Letter from Mary Hedley to Miyuki "Kay" Kida and family (ddr-one-3-45)
Letter from Mary Hedley to Miyuki "Kay" Kida and family in Nyssa, Oregon, dated April 26, 1943. She writes that she received an Easter card from the Kida family. One of her friends (Bertha) had been seriously ill but recovered.
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-64)
Letter and envelope from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, dated January 1, 1944. Al had returned home from visiting the Kida family. Asks what he owes Kay for the produce and food she had given him. Deputy Walker had taken Mrs. Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to the Eastern Washington Hospital at ...
doc Letter from George Kida to Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-23)
The letter is addressed to "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) from George and Kenjiro Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, dated July 19, 1942. George writes that he and Kenjiro "are getting along fine" and work every day except Sunday. He asks for more news of Kay, who he is worried about.
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-18)
Envelope from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt addressed to George Kida. Letter is from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family) on June 23, 1942. Tells the Kida family that friend and neighbor James Albert "Al" Johnson tried to visit them but was not allowed in. Mrs. Pyatt asks Kay if she needs any more ...
doc Letter from Bertha Wylder to Sarah "Sade" Pyatt (ddr-one-3-29)
Postcard to Sarah "Sade" Pyatt from Bertha Wylder. Asking after the Kida family, whom she has not heard from in a while. Mentions that food prices are high.
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-21)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family), dated July 1, 1942. Asks what the work is like (in Eastern Oregon), or if they have to work at all. Warns George against working too hard in the heat for fear of sunstroke. Writes of general news around White Salmon, such as ...
doc Draft of a Land Deed from George Kida to James Albert "Al" Johnson (ddr-one-3-72)
Letter and envelope addressed to George Kida from attorney John McEwen. Contains a draft of an unsigned land deed George had requested, deeding land in White Salmon to James Albert "Al" Johnson.
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kida family (ddr-one-3-70)
Addition to the previous letter dated February 8, 1944. From James Albert "Al" Johnson to the Kida family. More advice to George about the draft examination. To see full letter please see ddr-one-3-69.
API