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.

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Support from the non-Japanese American community (129)

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Letters from Reeves family to Kida family (ddr-one-3-61)
doc Letters from Reeves family to Kida family (ddr-one-3-61)
Two letters dated December 22, 1943, one from Miriam Reeves to Miyuki "Kay" Kida, the other from George Reeves to the Kida family. The letter from Miriam Reeves describes her new hobby of knitting. Mentions that she had just finished knitting a suit for a Japanese American girl who was an evacuee from Los Angeles but ...
Letter from Charlie and Flora Pyatt to George Kida (ddr-one-3-41)
doc Letter from Charlie and Flora Pyatt to George Kida (ddr-one-3-41)
Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Charlie and Flora Pyatt, addressed to George, Kay, and Kida (meaning Kenjiro) dated March 28, 1943. Mentions that they hope that Sarah "Sade" Pyatt lives long enough for the Kidas to come back so that she can go back home. Says that it would have been ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-19)
Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) addressed to "folks" (meaning the Kida family), dated June 30, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt offers to send some of her pension check of $40 to the Kida's. Asks if the Kidas need more bedding. She also asks how the situation (the war/internment) looks to the Kidas and tries to ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-42)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) dated April 9, 1943. She worries about the Kidas and hopes they aren't working too hard. Mentions that Marian Locke came by perhaps wanting to learn something about the Kida family, and Mrs. Pyatt ...
Letter from Dan and Sarah Mosier to George Kida and parents (ddr-one-3-48)
doc Letter from Dan and Sarah Mosier to George Kida and parents (ddr-one-3-48)
Envelope addressed to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon. Letter from Dan and Sarah Mosier to George Kida and his parents, Kenjiro and Kay, dated June 20, 1943. Says it has been about 18 months since they have heard from the Kida family. Asks if they were allowed to return to their ranch but notes that their ...
Letter from Amelia Cattrell to Miyuki
doc Letter from Amelia Cattrell to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-67)
Letter from Amelia Cattrell to Miyuki "Kay" Kida dated January 17, 1944. Mrs. Cattrell once worked for Dr. Miller in Hood River and was an acquaintance of the Kida family's. She was a friend of Mrs. Condit. Tells the Kidas of Mrs. Miller's (Dr. Miller's wife) passing away several years ago and how ...
Letter from Geo Clark to Kida family (ddr-one-3-54)
doc Letter from Geo Clark to Kida family (ddr-one-3-54)
Letter from Geo Clark to Kida family (calls them Georgie, Ma, and Pa) dated November 21, 1943. Says they are working too hard. Asks after Mrs. Pyatt and says that it might be a while before they can get up to visit her in the hospital. Mrs. Pyatt's health is failing; he writes that she ...
Christmas card and letter from Opal Yarnell to Kida family (ddr-one-3-60)
doc Christmas card and letter from Opal Yarnell to Kida family (ddr-one-3-60)
Envelope addressed to Mr. and Mrs. K. Kida and son in Nyssa, Oregon. Christmas card from Opal Yarnell to the Kida family dated December 16, 1943. Says she is afraid that Mrs. Pyatt doesn't have long to live. Hopes the war will end. Talks about her son Bucky in the navy and the places he ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-25)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama in Camp Livingston from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough in Portland. Postmarked Aug 31, 1942. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope was a newspaper clipping about Boy Scout Troop at the Portland Assembly Center. William Koyama's ...
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 94, No. 9 (March 5, 1982) (ddr-pc-54-9)
Selected article titles: "Nisei Veteran Wins Honorable Army Discharge After 36 Years" (p. 1), "'Day of Remembrance' in 1982: WW2 Aid of Quakers Recalled" (p. 1), "Redress Phase 3: JACL's Redress Ambassador Min" (p. 2), and "Trust Fund for Redress Seen as Breech of Faith" (p. 6).
Paul Nagano Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-65-10)
vh Paul Nagano Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-65-10)
Efforts of Caucasian Christian churches to support Japanese Americans in concentration camps
Walt Woodward Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-104-1)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-104-1)
Speaking out against the Japanese American incarceration as a newspaper publisher
Letter  from the Masudas to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-7)
doc Letter from the Masudas to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-7)
Letter on a single sheet of paper, folded into quarters, from the Masudas in Poston.
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-3)
doc Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-3)
Letter from Ishi Morishita to Mrs. Charles Gates about camp life.
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
Preparing for mass removal: finding a neighbor to take care of property
Fred Okrand Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-15-1)
vh Fred Okrand Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-15-1)
Trying to create a test case with the ACLU to challenge the mass removal

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 ...

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-84-31)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-84-31)
Organizing a YWCA banquet in Minidoka, "I persuaded them to stop at camp"

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.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-84-28)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-84-28)
Maintaining contacts outside camp: YWCA, American Friends Service Committee

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.

Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
vh Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
A child's memories of visiting Japanese American friends in camp
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida (ddr-one-3-55)
Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Miyuki "Kay" Kida dated November 29. He is planning on visiting Mrs. Pyatt to see how she is. He says he will report back to Kay about how she is and what her mental status is. He does not think she will last long. Advises George to fix the ...
Letter from Sarah
doc Letter from Sarah "Sade" Pyatt to Kida family (ddr-one-3-27)
Envelope addressed to Miyuki "Kay" Kida in the Farm Labor Camp. Letter from "Grandma" (Sarah "Sade" Pyatt) to her "children" (the Kida family) at the Farm Labor Camp in Nyssa, Oregon dated October 25, 1942. Mrs. Pyatt mentions that timber prices were high and wishes that George and Kenjiro could come back and sell some of ...
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay and George Kida (ddr-one-3-73)
Letter and envelope from James Albert "Al" Johnson to Kay and George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon dated February 26, 1944. In the letter he gives advice about avoiding the draft by failing the physical examination. Says that if George does not pass the physical examination he will be put back in 4A classification. Mentions that he ...
Letter from James Albert
doc Letter from James Albert "Al" Johnson to George Kida (ddr-one-3-56)
Letter and envelope from James Albert "Al" Johnson to George Kida in Nyssa, Oregon, dated December 5, 1943. Tells George that he should rent a place for themselves. Offers to let George rent the place in his name. Says that the Kidas' cows are not in as good condition as they had been in the fall ...
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