Renunciation of citizenship

During World War II, 5,589 American citizens of Japanese descent renounced their U.S. citizenship. The renunciations took place between December 1944 and July 1945, mostly in Tule Lake concentration camp, California. The vast majority of renunciations had little to do with "disloyalty" to the U.S., but instead were the result of a series of complex conditions and events that were beyond the control of those involved. After a legal battle, most renunciants had their U.S. citizenship restored in the 1960s.

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Renunciation of citizenship (116)

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-263-19)
Description of renunciation case process

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-263-5)
Advising people not to renounce their citizenship

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-263-4)
Description of "Red Hots," pro-Japanese factions in camp

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-263-15)
The impact of the Goodman decision

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Tetsujiro
vh Tetsujiro "Tex" Nakamura Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-263-6)
Making the decision to help renunciants regain their U.S. citizenship

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Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-432-11)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-432-11)
Being encouraged to sign a renunciation application form (Japanese language)

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Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-432-15)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-432-15)
Using the threat of renunciation of citizenship as leverage (Japanese language)

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Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-432-12)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-432-12)
Sent to the Santa Fe internment camp (Japanese language)

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Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-432-34)
vh Tokio Yamane Interview Segment 34 (ddr-densho-1000-432-34)
Being contacted by Wayne Collins regarding restoration of U.S. citizenship (Japanese language)

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Sarah Sato Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-81-24)
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Deciding to renounce U.S. citizenship, separating the family
Satsuki Ina Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-474-4)
vh Satsuki Ina Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-474-4)
Wartime trauma parents experienced ripples down to children
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-165-22)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-165-22)
Renouncing U.S. citizenship: "I had a funny feeling that I had done something, something wrong"
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-165-35)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-165-35)
Reflections: speaking for the first time about resister and renunciation experiences
Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-165-23)
vh Hiroshi Kashiwagi Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-165-23)
Working to reverse decision to renounce citizenship: working with Wayne Collins, helping form the Tule Lake Defense Committee
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