Minidoka

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Sworn Statement by Keizaburo Koyama filed in Rapides Parish in the State of Louisiana (ddr-one-5-177)
av Sworn Statement by Keizaburo Koyama filed in Rapides Parish in the State of Louisiana (ddr-one-5-177)
Photocopy of a sworn statement filed by Keizaburo Koyama listing the necessary wellbeing of his children as the reason for him to be repatriated with his family in the Minidoka Concentration Camp.
Nisei soldier with friends (ddr-densho-2-63)
img Nisei soldier with friends (ddr-densho-2-63)
Soldier Ben Matsumoto is surrounded by inmates at the Minidoka concentration camp. The following people can be identified: Kaz Tsujimoto (wearing the white V-neck sweater) and his brother, Stan, is to his left holding the cigarette. Hiro Nishimoto is in front and Ben Tsujimoto is on the far right.
Woman en route to the shower (ddr-densho-2-7)
img Woman en route to the shower (ddr-densho-2-7)
Kadju Nishimura of Block 26 is on her way to take a shower. Note the Japanese clogs, called geta, that she is wearing. Geta enabled her to keep her feet clean while she walked through the dirt and mud.
Minidoka Matinee Orchestra (ddr-densho-2-36)
img Minidoka Matinee Orchestra (ddr-densho-2-36)
Left to right: Joe Owaki (drums), Hiro Nishimoto (MC), Dorrie Abe (piano), Ted Shimano (orchestra conductor), Amy Iguchi (clarinet), Yosh Ogata (saxophone), George Kaku (violin), and Sally Makishima (violin). The residents of the Minidoka concentration camp formed numerous musical ensembles to pass the time. Orchestras, bands, and choirs frequently staged performances for entertainment.
Japanese Americans in front of canteen (ddr-densho-2-38)
img Japanese Americans in front of canteen (ddr-densho-2-38)
Peggie Yorita and her friend, Fumie Hariguchi, stand in front of Canteen 30.
Japanese American in a camp truck (ddr-densho-2-43)
img Japanese American in a camp truck (ddr-densho-2-43)
Peggie Yorita sits in a truck used at the Minidoka concentration camp. Peggie Bain believes that the trucks and farming equipment shown in this photo were being readied for sale since the camp was about to close.
Memorial service honoring fallen Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-2-35)
img Memorial service honoring fallen Nisei soldiers (ddr-densho-2-35)
This memorial service was held for Japanese American soldiers killed during World War II. The Minidoka concentration camp had the highest number of Nisei volunteering for military service.
Japanese Americans behind homemade pond (ddr-densho-2-65)
img Japanese Americans behind homemade pond (ddr-densho-2-65)
Shown here are Japanese Americans from Block 26 in front of their handcrafted fish pond.
Mother and son in a camp graveyard (ddr-densho-2-52)
img Mother and son in a camp graveyard (ddr-densho-2-52)
This photo was taken at the Minidoka concentration camp's graveyard. The rocks in the background were probably used for grave markers. The tombstone shown here was more elaborate than most. This graveyard no longer exists. When the camps were closed, Japanese Americans often exhumed the remains of family members for reburial back home.
Minidoka camp queen and her court (ddr-densho-2-34)
img Minidoka camp queen and her court (ddr-densho-2-34)
Minidoka concentration camp queen and her court. Left to right: Unidentified, Aiko Heyamoto, Grace Kawata, unidentified, and Ann Nakamura.
Camp garden (ddr-densho-2-69)
img Camp garden (ddr-densho-2-69)
This garden was designed by Mr. Kogita (first name unknown), second from the left. Peggie Yorita is on the far left.
Block 41 Christmas display (ddr-densho-2-39)
img Block 41 Christmas display (ddr-densho-2-39)
This Block 41 Christmas display, made by Japanese Americans from scrap materials, won third prize during a competition in 1944.
Block 26 garden and pond (ddr-densho-2-68)
img Block 26 garden and pond (ddr-densho-2-68)
Japanese Americans from Block 26 fashioned this garden and pond.
Poem written in camp (ddr-densho-126-1)
doc Poem written in camp (ddr-densho-126-1)
Jim Yoshihara wrote the poem "Damned Fence" while incarcerated at Minidoka.
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