Preparation

On March 2, 1942, Public Proclamation No. 1 began to appear on telephone poles and buildings. This was the first official notice Japanese Americans had of their immediate removal from the West Coast. The notices stated that they had six or seven days to prepare, and were to take only what they could carry. They were not told where they would be taken. People rushed to sell or store, in one week, property and belongings acquired over a lifetime. Some families tucked their valuables away in their attic or basement and locked the door, hoping to return soon.

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Fumiko Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-15-14)
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Removal from Bainbridge Island, Washington, just as the strawberry crops were ready to be harvested
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-139-23)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-139-23)
Preparation for mass removal; awareness that some white community members were afraid to speak out on behalf of persons of Japanese ancestry
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-139-25)
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Helping parents prepare for removal; selling and discarding household items
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1000-139-24)
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Change in the Wapato community as a result of mass removal; deciding what to take to camp
Shigeko Sese Uno Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-98-18)
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Impact of mass removal on family business, selling at a loss, "we never recovered from, really..."
Ike Hatchimonji Interview Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-381-8)
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Preparing for mass removal

This material is based upon work assisted by a grant from the Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Any opinions, finding, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of the Interior.

Joe Yamakido Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-167-6)
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Personal reactions to mass removal, family's economic losses: "I was bitter"
Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-249-11)
vh Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-249-11)
Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; preparing for removal while father is very ill
Betty Morita Shibayama Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-152-14)
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Family reactions in the months following the bombing of Pearl Harbor; sister hastily getting married
Akiko Kurose Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-41-14)
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Preparing for mass removal, protecting family possessions during the war
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 20 (ddr-densho-1000-53-20)
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Building a suitcase with a false bottom after talking with Jewish classmate
Kay Matsuoka Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-48-18)
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Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Frank S. Fujii Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-8-9)
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Preparing for mass removal, experiencing racism

This interview was conducted over two days due to electrical problems. The majority of the interview was completed on the second day, September 5.

Scrapbook (ddr-densho-361-1)
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Written on tape on cover: "This scrapbook is original--1942 Nobuko Omoto (Sakai) Bainbridge Island, WA. Please handle with care."
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