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.

World War II (66)
Mass removal ("evacuation") (152)
Preparation (281)

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Hikoji Takeuchi Interview Segment 5 (ddr-manz-1-10-5)
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Mother's difficulties selling items from the family's restaurant
Frank Isamu Kikuchi Interview Segment 3 (ddr-manz-1-5-3)
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Preparing for camp: buying clothing, burning some belongings
Bob Fuchigami Interview Segment 14 (ddr-manz-1-28-14)
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As a child, having to leave pet rabbits and dog during mass removal
Dave Kawamoto Interview Segment 2 (ddr-densho-122-9-2)
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Leaving things behind during mass removal; losing a pet

This interview was conducted by filmmaker Frank Abe for his 2000 documentary, Conscience and the Constitution, about the World War II resisters of conscience at the Heart Mountain incarceration camp. As a result, the interviews in this collection are typically not life histories, instead primarily focusing ...

Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-259-10)
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Preparing for mass removal: loss of fishing boats

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.

Shig Miyaki Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-259-9)
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Given only forty-eight hours to prepare 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 ...

Mae Kanazawa Hara Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-168-10)
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Disposing of belongings; brothers moved during "voluntary evacuation" period
Hal Keimi Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-458-4)
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Family moves to the Boyle Heights neighborhood to be closer to family during mass removal
Frank Yamasaki Interview I Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-107-12)
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Preparing for mass removal: selling the family business and packing for the unknown
Henry Miyatake Interview I Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-53-22)
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Preparing for mass removal, selling off the family business and car
Wilbur Sato Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-455-4)
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Father's arrest by the FBI, preparing to leave Terminal Island
Kay Matsuoka Segment 18 (ddr-densho-1000-48-18)
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Preparing for mass removal: one suitcase, duffel bag, and care package
Mary Hirata Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-22-11)
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Preparing for mass removal: deciding what to take, and remembering things left behind
Mary Hirata Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-22-9)
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Running a family-owned business in prewar Seattle; memories of things left behind during mass removal
Cherry Kinoshita Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-34-7)
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Trying to decide what to pack in preparation for mass removal
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
Roy H. Matsumoto Interview Segment 37 (ddr-densho-1000-153-37)
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Preparing for mass removal: helping employer's family, continuing to work as delivery boy

Although Mr. Matsumoto does not identify himself as a Kibei (American-born person of Japanese ancestry sent to Japan for formal education and socialization when young and later returned to the U.S.), some of his life experiences are similar to those who do identify ...

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