Support from the non-Japanese American community

During mass removal and incarceration, Japanese Americans received outside support and assistance from religious organizations, civil rights groups, and other concerned individuals. The American Friends Service Committee was one of the most active groups to help the Japanese American community during World War II. Committee members donated educational materials to the camp schools and libraries and were influential in persuading the government to allow Nisei to leave the camps for colleges in the interior of the country. Ministers, peace activists and other supporters of the Japanese American community often visited the camps and spoke out publicly against the incarceration. Church groups across the country also organized clothing and food drives for the camp inmates.

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Support from the non-Japanese American community (420)

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Ernest Besig Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-3-3)
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The ACLU's position on the incarceration, and thoughts on the Japanese American Citizen's League

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As a result, the interviews in this collection are …

Fred Okrand Interview Segment 1 (ddr-densho-122-15-1)
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Trying to create a test case with the ACLU to challenge the mass removal

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 …

Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1001-7-6)
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A child's memories of visiting Japanese American friends in camp
Kay Sakai Nakao Interview Segment 24 (ddr-densho-1001-3-24)
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Interaction with non-Japanese Americans after the war: mostly supportive
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
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Preparing for mass removal: finding a neighbor to take care of property
Walt Woodward Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-104-10)
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Reason for taking a stand against incarceration: "it was the only thing to do"
Walt Woodward Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-104-1)
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Speaking out against the Japanese American incarceration as a newspaper publisher
Walt Woodward Segment 5 (ddr-densho-1000-104-5)
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Hiring a Japanese American newspaper correspondent from Manzanar concentration camp, California
Walt Woodward Segment 4 (ddr-densho-1000-104-4)
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Watching Japanese Americans prepare for removal from Bainbridge Island, and taking backlash for stance against the incarceration
Walt Woodward Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-104-2)
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Writing newspaper editorials in response to anti-Japanese sentiment in the mainstream press
Walt Woodward Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-104-6)
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Recalling the mass removal: "The soldiers were the ones that were crying"
Walt Woodward Segment 7 (ddr-densho-1000-104-7)
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Taking a stand against those opposing the return of Japanese Americans to Bainbridge Island
Nobu Suzuki Interview II Segment 6 (ddr-densho-1000-87-6)
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Experiencing prejudice on the way to Spokane

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.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-84-35)
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Writing to social service groups outside camp

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.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 31 (ddr-densho-1000-84-31)
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Organizing a YWCA banquet in Minidoka, "I persuaded them to stop at camp"

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.

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-84-28)
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Maintaining contacts outside camp: YWCA, American Friends Service Committee

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.

Kay Matsuoka Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-48-33)
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Christian missionaries' weekly visits to camp lead to conversion
Paul Nagano Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-65-10)
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Efforts of Caucasian Christian churches to support Japanese Americans in concentration camps
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