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.

Support from the non-Japanese American community (203)

Related articles from the Densho Encyclopedia :
American Civil Liberties Union, American Friends Service Committee, Ernest Besig, Thomas Bodine, Charles H. Bonesteel, Clara Breed, John Burns, Miles E. Cary, Hung Wai Ching, Mark W. Clark, Cecil Coggins, Delos Emmons, Galen Fisher, Bob Fletcher, Charles Hemenway, Harold Ickes, Jewish response to incarceration, Dorothea Lange, Charles F. Loomis, Hugh Macbeth, Carey McWilliams, John Nason, Herbert Nicholson, Robert O'Brien, Morris Opler, Edward L. Parsons, Eleanor Roosevelt, Robert Shivers, Norman Thomas, Harry S. Truman, A.L. Wirin

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Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-84-28)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 28 (ddr-densho-1000-84-28)
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.

Walt Woodward Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-104-1)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 1 (ddr-densho-1000-104-1)
Speaking out against the Japanese American incarceration as a newspaper publisher
Letter written on behalf of Dr. Koyama by Alice G. Nichols (ddr-one-5-119)
doc Letter written on behalf of Dr. Koyama by Alice G. Nichols (ddr-one-5-119)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written by Alice G. Nichols on behalf of Dr. Koyama. In the letter, Alice states that Dr. Koyama's wife lived with her for four or five years in Seattle, Washington and that she was proud to be "Americanized." She adds that Dr. Koyama was a frequent visitor to her home and ...
Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 2 of 3. (ddr-one-5-187)
doc Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 2 of 3. (ddr-one-5-187)
Photocopy of a declassified, notarized and handwritten letter from Thomas and Bertha Green in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. On the second page, the Greens give testimony to Keizaburo's character as being very appreciative of any kindness shown to him or his family and that he is honest with any dealings ...
Letter from A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 2 of 2. (ddr-one-5-220)
doc Letter from A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Page 2 of 2. (ddr-one-5-220)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to Edward J. Ennis, Director, Enemy Alien Control Unit. Mrs. A.C. Goodenough writes about Dr. and Mrs. Koyama raised their children in a Christian home with American values. She is worried that the three children will be exposed to bad influences due to the current ongoing ...
Sworn statement by Charles E. and Dorothy E. Seely on behalf of Dr. Kei Koyama. (ddr-one-5-199)
doc Sworn statement by Charles E. and Dorothy E. Seely on behalf of Dr. Kei Koyama. (ddr-one-5-199)
Photocopy of a declassified handwritten statement by Charles E. and Dorothy E. Seely on behalf of Dr. Koyama. They state that they have known Dr. Koyama for 13 years and consider him an intimate friend. They feel that he is "an honest, upright man, and sincerely believe him to be loyal and true to our country."
Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 3 of 3. (ddr-one-5-188)
doc Letter of support from Thomas and Bertha Green for the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. Page 3 of 3. (ddr-one-5-188)
Photocopy of a declassified, notarized and handwritten letter from Thomas and Bertha Green in support of the reunification of Keizaburo Koyama with his family. On the final page, they write that Keizaburo wrote a letter from camp to his wife saying how proud he was to have three American-born children. They also state that they have ...
Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo
doc Envelope and letter to Dr. Keizaburo "Kei" Koyama from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough (ddr-one-5-25)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama in Camp Livingston from Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough and Eva "Aunt Eva" Goodenough in Portland. Postmarked Aug 31, 1942. On the left side of the envelope is a purple "Censored" stamp. Inside the envelope was a newspaper clipping about Boy Scout Troop at the Portland Assembly Center. William Koyama's name ...
Anne Moore interview (ddr-csujad-6-23)
doc Anne Moore interview (ddr-csujad-6-23)
Oral history interview with Anne Moore. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_MOORE_ANNE
Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
doc Ruth Okuye Ihara interview (ddr-csujad-6-8)
Oral history interview with Ruth Okuye Ihara. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_IHARA_RUTH
Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
doc Akira Yokomi (ddr-csujad-8-85)
Oral history interview with Akira Yokomi. Information on the oral history project is found in: csuf_stp_0012A; Glossary in: csuf_stp_0014. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: FCPL Yokomi, Akira
Suggestions for resolutions about evacuees of Japanese ancestry (ddr-csujad-18-4)
doc Suggestions for resolutions about evacuees of Japanese ancestry (ddr-csujad-18-4)
Presents arguments and supporting "data" to assert that the claim that "America is a white man's country" is "un-American"; that the Government must make a greater effort to supply housing and financial aid for people who are resettling; that those opposing resettlement are "making a mockery of our war aim to ensure justice and freedom"; and ...
Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
doc Letter from Rose Tani to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, circa 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-8)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing gratitude for Miller's having allowed them to store goods at his church; also thanks Miller and Reverend Clay for the lunch prepared by church members, and describes church services for Issei and for Nisei. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project ...
Letter from Rosalie Y. Obi to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, 1942 June 17 (ddr-csujad-20-9)
doc Letter from Rosalie Y. Obi to Rev. [Wendell L.] Miller, 1942 June 17 (ddr-csujad-20-9)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center expressing thanks to Miller and his congregation for the lunch that they provided on the day of their removal from Los Angeles, departing from the Japanese Methodist Church, May 1, 1942. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-46_07
Letter from Mrs. L. [Lester] Suzuki to Rev. [Wendell L.] and Mrs. [?] Miller, May 5, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-4)
doc Letter from Mrs. L. [Lester] Suzuki to Rev. [Wendell L.] and Mrs. [?] Miller, May 5, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-4)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Assembly Center. Suzuki thanks Reverend Miller and Mrs. Miller for their kindness; mentions friends among the "dear Caucasian ministers such as you"; and discusses the importance of religious services, housing in a new barrack vs. in the stables, making furniture from scrap wood, an impending increase in number of ...
Letter from Michi Weglyn to [Frank Chin], April 14, 1998 (ddr-csujad-24-54)
doc Letter from Michi Weglyn to [Frank Chin], April 14, 1998 (ddr-csujad-24-54)
A letter from Michi Weglyn, probably to Frank Chin. Weglyn writes that she is researching the "Santa Anita incident," presumably the disturbance at the Santa Anita Assembly Center on August 9, 1942. She also writes that the Chinese were the most welcoming to the Japanese returning to Los Angeles at the end of World War II. ...
Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
vh Eiichi Edward Sakauye Interview Segment 18 (ddr-jamsj-2-7-18)
Preparing for mass removal: finding a neighbor to take care of property
Peace activist and internees (ddr-densho-13-45)
img Peace activist and internees (ddr-densho-13-45)
Floyd Schmoe, a pacifist and supporter of the Japanese American community, with Yoshi Asaba and Father Joe Kitagawa at the Minidoka concentration camp, Idaho. Father Kitagawa was the Episcopal minister at Minidoka. Floyd Schmoe was born in 1895 and is a peace activist and Quaker from Seattle, Washington. Schmoe was a strong supporter of the Japanese ...
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 10 (March 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-59)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 10 (March 9, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-59)
Selected article titles: "Japan Sends New Memo on Exchange of Nationals" (p. 1), "Night Attack Reported on Santa Clara Evacuee" (p. 1), and "Long Beach YWCA Ready to Give Assistance" (p. 3).
The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
doc The Newell Star, Vol. II, No. 13 (March 30, 1945) (ddr-densho-284-62)
Selected article titles: "Spain Quits as Protecting Power: Vice Consul of Spain Leaves Center After Receiving Order" (p. 1), "Nisei Inducted into U.S. Army Now Total 17,600" (p. 1), "9 Sentenced on Charges of Violating Regulations" (pp. 1-2), and "Procedure Given for Those Planning Return to Hawaii" (p. 3).
Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
doc Letter from Kikuye Matsuda to Mrs. Charles Gates (ddr-densho-211-1)
Letter from Kikuye Masuda to Mrs. Charles Gates about a house Mrs. Gates is occupying.
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