Topaz (Central Utah)

Concentration Camp

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Japanese American and friend digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-60)
img Japanese American and friend digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-60)
Jimmie Yorita (right) digs for shells used by people in camp to make jewelry. His sister, Patsy (left), and Neal Frost, son of one of the camp's teachers, sift the dirt. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where camp inmates found shells for making jewelry …
Japanese American making shell jewelry (ddr-densho-2-58)
img Japanese American making shell jewelry (ddr-densho-2-58)
Peggie Yorita making jewelry from shells found within the confines of the Tule Lake concentration camp. Making jewelry was a popular pastime for the Japanese Americans. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed. As a result, shells were available for people to fashion into jewelry for …
Japanese Americans preparing shells for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-50)
img Japanese Americans preparing shells for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-50)
Kumataro (left) and Kadju Nishimura measure and separate shells to be used in jewelry-making. The Nishimuras woke up at the crack of dawn and dug waist-deep holes to find the shells. The shells were then bleached white and later painted. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake …
Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
img Japanese Americans digging for shells (ddr-densho-2-48)
Left to right: Peggie Yorita, Margaret Frost (wife of one of the camp's teachers), Kumataro Nishimura, and his wife, Kadju, dig and sift for shells at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Kumataro made the sieve by hand from scrap lumber and wire from a door screen. The shells were bleached and used for jewelry-making, which was …
Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-2-61)
img Japanese American making jewelry (ddr-densho-2-61)
Peggie Yorita makes jewelry from shells found at the Tule Lake concentration camp. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells for making jewelry to sell to camp personnel. Shells were scarce, and digging became competitive. To beat the rush, some peopel got …
Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
img Shells used for jewelry making (ddr-densho-2-51)
Japanese Americans at the Tule Lake concentration camp enjoyed making jewelry from shells, such as the ones shown here, which were found within the confines of the camp. These shells have not yet been bleached. Tule Lake was drained in the early 1900s. The camp was located on the old lake bed, where people found shells …
Labor in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-744)
img Labor in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-744)
Handwritten caption: "Cooks, assistants, dishwashers."
Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-768)
img Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-768)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Tadaichi Yoshioka, Topaz Relocation Center, July 1944."
Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-774)
img Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-774)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Taken at Topaz, Utah 1944?" Families gather around a picnic table to eat.
Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-733)
img Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-733)
Private Masaru Yoshioka visits his parents in the camp in Topaz, Utah. Left to right: Yoni Yoshioka, Masaru Yoshioka, Tadaichi Yoshioka.
Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-766)
img Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-766)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Tadaichi Yoshioka, Topaz Relocation Center, July 1944."
Tansai Terakawa's funeral (ddr-densho-357-777)
img Tansai Terakawa's funeral (ddr-densho-357-777)
Handwritten caption: "Funeral of Rev. Tansai Terakawa. Part of people who attended services. Nov. 17, 1944."
Reverend Terakawa's memorial (ddr-densho-357-779)
img Reverend Terakawa's memorial (ddr-densho-357-779)
Members of the Buddhist church community in the concentration camp at Topaz attend the memorial for Reverend Tansai Terakawa.
Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-731)
img Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-731)
Private Masaru Yoshioka visits his family in the camp in Topaz, Utah. Left to right: Tadaichi Yoshioka, George Yoshioka, Masaru Yoshioka, Yoni Yoshioka, Giichi Yoshioka, June Yoshioka, Vernon Yoshioka (front).
Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-773)
img Yoshioka family in Topaz (ddr-densho-357-773)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Pvt Giichi Yoshioka on leave from army and took picture of Tadaichi and Yoni at Topaz, Utah."
Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-732)
img Masaru Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-732)
Private Masaru Yoshioka addressed this photograph of himself in military uniform taken in the Topaz camp to, "Dearest Mom and Pop, Love Masaru."
Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-765)
img Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-765)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Tadaichi Yoshioka, Topaz Relocation Center, July 1944."
Reverend Terakawa's memorial (ddr-densho-357-778)
img Reverend Terakawa's memorial (ddr-densho-357-778)
Members of the Buddhist church community in the concentration camp at Topaz attend the memorial for Reverend Tansai Terakawa.
Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-775)
img Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-775)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Rock collecting expedition to a canyon."
Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-772)
img Topaz Camp (ddr-densho-357-772)
Snow drifts up against the buildings in the Topaz camp.
Buddhist Temple (ddr-densho-357-776)
img Buddhist Temple (ddr-densho-357-776)
After their collective forced relocation, members of the Oakland Buddhist Church started a new Buddhist church community in the Topaz concentration camp.
Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-745)
img Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-745)
Handwritten caption: "Tadaichi Yoshioka, Topaz, Utah 1944."
Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-767)
img Tadaichi Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-767)
Hanako Terakawa's caption: "Tadaichi Yoshioka, Topaz Relocation Center, July 1944."
Yoni Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-769)
img Yoni Yoshioka (ddr-densho-357-769)
Yoni Yoshioka sits for a portrait in the camp in Topaz, Utah.
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