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") (156)
Preparation (282)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
Military Areas 1 and 2

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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..."
May Y. Namba Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-171-13)
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Volunteering with the JACL to help people prepare for mass removal
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 22 (ddr-densho-1000-53-22)
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Preparing for mass removal, selling off the family business and car
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 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
Hitoshi
vh Hitoshi "Hank" Naito Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-286-9)
Father leaves fishing boat under the control of an Italian friend (audio-only)
Arthur Ogami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-154-9)
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In preparation for mass removal, volunteering to help fill out registration applications for community families
Jim M. Tanimoto Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-270-11)
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Arranging for a German family to take care of farmland during the war
Robert Mizukami Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-114-9)
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As eldest son, registering family for mass removal following Executive Order 9066; forced to dispose of property and belongings

This is the first in a series of interviews conducted by the Puyallup Valley Japanese American Citizen League in collaboration with Densho.

Seichi Hayashida Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-14-14)
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Deciding what to take and what to leave behind during mass removal
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.

Takeko Yokoyama Todo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-430-9)
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The aftermath of December 7th: leaving school, restrictions, storing belongings
Frank S. Fujii Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-8-10)
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Impact of mass removal and giving up belongings

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

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.

Kazie Good Interview Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-429-4)
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Preparing for mass removal: brother gives away his prized model plane
Fumiko Hayashida Segment 15 (ddr-densho-1000-15-15)
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Efforts to store belongings in preparation for mass removal
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