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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George Yoshida Interview Segment 22 (ddr-densho-1000-132-22)
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Preparing for mass removal: destroying Japanese cultural items, bringing popular music records; traveling to Poston concentration camp, Arizona
George Yoshida Interview Segment 21 (ddr-densho-1000-132-21)
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Hearing about Japanese Americans who were removed early; visiting friends in Santa Anita Assembly Center while still "free"
Hank Shozo Umemoto Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-294-14)
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Deciding what to do with successful family farm

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Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-155-9)
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First Sunday after mass removal: father is left with an empty church; memories of visiting Japanese American friends through the barbed wire at "Camp Harmony"
Marian Asao Kurosu Interview Segment 48 (ddr-densho-1000-118-48)
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Deciding what to take to Pinedale Assembly Center, California

During this interview, Mrs. Kurosu alternately speaks in both English and Japanese. As a result, the English translation of the transcript contains [Jpn.] and [Eng.], which indicate whether the original dialogue was spoken in Japanese or English.

Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-290-13)
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Having to close the family store, dispose of groceries

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Aya Uenishi Medrud Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-213-9)
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Deciding what to purchase and pack in preparation for mass removal
Betty Tanakatsubo Interview Segment 9 (ddr-densho-1000-343-9)
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Leaving some possessions with neighbors

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Fred Y. Hoshiyama Interview Segment 19 (ddr-densho-1000-275-19)
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Preparing for mass removal, selling items at huge losses

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Paul Nagano Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-65-5)
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Baptist churches offer assistance to Japanese during wartime mass removal
Kay Uno Kaneko Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-282-11)
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Preparing for mass removal, destroying possessions

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Kara Kondo Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-139-23)
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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 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
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 25 (ddr-densho-1000-139-25)
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Helping parents prepare for removal; selling and discarding household items
Grace Watanabe Kimura Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-249-11)
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Hearing about the bombing of Pearl Harbor; preparing for removal while father is very ill
Satoru Ichikawa Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-236-11)
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Preparing for mass removal: making provisions for the Buddhist temple
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