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Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-350-15)
vh Robert T. Ohashi Interview Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-350-15)
Arriving early at assembly center

Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka incarceration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in Idaho before eventually ...

Narrator Robert T. Ohashi

Nisei male. Born July 24, 1925, in Ketchikan, Alaska. Grew up in Ketchikan, where parents ran a store. During World War II, was removed to the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, went with family to work for a time in Idaho before eventually returning to Ketchikan.
Okawa Collection (ddr-densho-20)
Collection Okawa Collection (ddr-densho-20)
The Okawa collection, circa 1918-1940s, features photographs of picnics and other leisure activities of the Japanese American community before World War II. The concentration camp at Minidoka, Idaho, is also shown.
Japanese Americans arriving by train (ddr-densho-37-824)
img Japanese Americans arriving by train (ddr-densho-37-824)
Original WRA caption: Eden, Idaho. A train bringing approximately six hundred evacuees from the assembly center at Puyallup, Washington. Buses, used to transport these people to the Minidoka War Relocation Authority center, are waiting at the siding.
Camp construction (ddr-densho-37-423)
img Camp construction (ddr-densho-37-423)
Original WRA caption: Eden, Idaho. A panorama view of the Minidoka War Relocation Authority Center. This view, taken from the top of the water tower at the east end of the camp shows partially completed barracks.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-14)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-14)
Excerpt: "I feel terribly that I didn't get any special greeting to you for Christmas, but there just wasn't time to write and Uncle Sam was discouraging telegrams and long distance phone calls." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-44)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-44)
Excerpt: "We started our testing program Monday -- a little sooner than I would have liked, but the pressure was on so I 'broke my neck' over it." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-40)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-40)
Excerpt: "Tonight I'm sitting in the shadow of my social life dashing this off while I wait for the Chinese checker game to begin." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-81)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-81)
Excerpt: "I think I wrote to you on the weekend that Joe was away. Elmer took Evelyn and me to dinner in Jerome and supper in Eden that day." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-24)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-24)
Excerpt: "Monday noon one of my favorite seniors came in with word he had to go home to bed and would probably have a hernia operation Thursday." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-57)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-57)
Excerpt: "This week has been like winter and today has been raining so we snuggled indoors and have played Chinese checkers all afternoon." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-12)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-12)
Excerpt: "I'm very sorry you worried about my silence. If I could I'd have somebody write for me or else I'd be sure to have leisure to write myself." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her aunt (ddr-densho-171-43)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her aunt (ddr-densho-171-43)
Excerpt: "As with you, all the news is in the 'Family letter' but I do want you to have a thank-you of your own for my birthday check." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-34)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-34)
Excerpt: "It's late, but I drank quite a bit of coffee at a party here in the dorm tonight and I'm not sleepy." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Testimony of Tazu Suzuki (ddr-densho-67-250)
doc Testimony of Tazu Suzuki (ddr-densho-67-250)
Written testimony of Tazu Suzuki, born in Ichi-ken, Japan. Incarcerated in the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was submitted for the CWRIC hearings in Seattle, Washington, September 9-11, 1981.
Testimony of Josephine Shizue Sakamoto (ddr-densho-67-293)
doc Testimony of Josephine Shizue Sakamoto (ddr-densho-67-293)
Written testimony of Josephine Shizue Sakamoto. Incarcerated at the Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was submitted for the CWRIC hearings in Seattle, Washington, September 9-11, 1981.
Testimony of Lois Kaneko (ddr-densho-67-269)
doc Testimony of Lois Kaneko (ddr-densho-67-269)
Written testimony of Lois Kaneko, born in Seattle, Washington. Incarcerated in Puyallup Assembly Center, Washington, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. This testimony was submitted for the CWRIC hearings in Seattle, Washington, September 9-11, 1981.
Eiko Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1001-14)
vh Eiko Shibayama Interview (ddr-densho-1001-14)
Nisei female. Born 1929 in Bainbridge Island, Washington. Grew up helping on family's farm before being removed to Manzanar concentration camp, California, during World War II. Transferred with family to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho, and eventually returned to Bainbridge Island.
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.

John Kanda Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-116-5)
vh John Kanda Interview Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-116-5)
Comparison between concentration camps at Tule Lake, California, and Minidoka, Idaho

This interview is part of a collaborative effort of the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizens League and Densho.

Narrator Jean Matsumoto

Nisei female. Born 1934 in Portland, Oregon. Grew up in Portland, where parents ran a hotel business. During World War II, removed to the Portland Assembly Center, Oregon, and the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. After leaving camp, returned to Portland.
Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Interview (ddr-densho-1000-68)
vh Isami Nakao - Kazuko Nakao Interview (ddr-densho-1000-68)
Nisei couple. Both grew up on Bainbridge Island, Washington, and were part of the first group of Japanese Americans to be removed. Incarcerated at Manzanar concentration camp, California, and Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Married while still at Minidoka. Returned to Bainbridge Island after the war.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-77)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-77)
Excerpt: "This is one of the most leisurely Sundays in a long time. To begin with, I was supposed to have gone to Boise and didn't." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-80)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-80)
Excerpt: "We have been deluged with clerical help in the office and there have been 25 prisoners of war loading freight since Tuesday." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-9)
doc Letter from a camp teacher to her family (ddr-densho-171-9)
Excerpt: "Our weather last night was something to write home about. Yesterday was overcast, warm and calm. At midnight it was cleary and starry." Sent from Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho.
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