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The journey

The journey from temporary "assembly centers" to permanent concentration camps was a difficult and disorienting experience. Japanese Americans were transported in buses and trains to desolate regions of the country guarded by armed soldiers. Forced to keep the window shades drawn, camp inmates were unaware of where they were going, and were often shocked by the harsh landscape upon arrival.

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Gene Akutsu Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-1-11)
vh Gene Akutsu Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-1-11)
Minidoka concentration camp: armed MPs, housing and camp layout; finishing school, drafted for military service, and mail censoring
George Azumano Interview Segment 17 (ddr-one-7-32-17)
vh George Azumano Interview Segment 17 (ddr-one-7-32-17)
The train ride to Minidoka

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.

Tsuguo
vh Tsuguo "Ike" Ikeda Interview I Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-123-14)
Journey to Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho; booing a teacher who spoke of "democracy" in camp

As a teenager prior to World War II, began keeping scrapbooks with newspaper articles and memorabilia, a lifetime habit.

Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-42-8)
vh Akiko Kurose Interview II Segment 8 (ddr-densho-1000-42-8)
The trip to Minidoka concentration camp: dirty old trains...

Mrs. Kurose was undergoing treatment for cancer and required frequent breaks and medication to help her with pain management.

May K. Sasaki Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-79-16)
vh May K. Sasaki Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-79-16)
The train ride to Minidoka; memories of physical setting, windstorms
Edith Watanabe Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-101-12)
vh Edith Watanabe Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-101-12)
Train ride to Tule Lake concentration camp: "that was horrible"
George Yoshida Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-132-23)
vh George Yoshida Interview Segment 23 (ddr-densho-1000-132-23)
Arrival at Poston concentration camp: registering, filling own mattress with straw
Kara Kondo Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-139-30)
vh Kara Kondo Interview Segment 30 (ddr-densho-1000-139-30)
Memories of the journey to Heart Mountain concentration camp, uncertain of destination
Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-one-7-62-18)
vh Kenji Onishi Interview Segment 18 (ddr-one-7-62-18)
Memories of the train ride to Minidoka

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.

Fumiko M. Noji Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-72-31)
vh Fumiko M. Noji Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-72-31)
Traveling from Puyallup Assembly Center to Tule Lake by train
Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-84-27)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 27 (ddr-densho-1000-84-27)
Initial impressions of Minidoka

References are made to several of Nobu Suzuki's personal papers, which are currently available for public perusal at the University of Washington's Manuscripts and University Archives.

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