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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Ernest Besig Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-3-3)
vh Ernest Besig Interview Segment 3 (ddr-densho-1002-3-3)
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 ...

Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-84-35)
vh Nobu Suzuki Interview I Segment 35 (ddr-densho-1000-84-35)
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.

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-155-16)
vh Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-155-16)
Father makes more than 150 round trips between Minidoka concentration camp and Seattle, picking up or delivering items for Japanese Americans in camp
Walt Woodward Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-104-2)
vh Walt Woodward Segment 2 (ddr-densho-1000-104-2)
Writing newspaper editorials in response to anti-Japanese sentiment in the mainstream press
Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-170-39)
vh Peggie Nishimura Bain Interview Segment 39 (ddr-densho-1000-170-39)
Daughter moves out to attend school; Peggie and son are transferred to Minidoka
Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 23 (June 4, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-23)
doc Pacific Citizen, Vol. 60, No. 23 (June 4, 1965) (ddr-pc-37-23)
Selected article titles: "Top JACL Scholarship Raised to $400" (p.1-2), "JACL Interim Youth Council Set June 26-27 at Salt Lake City" (p.1, 4), "Senate Voting Rights Bill" (p.2), "State Supreme Court to Rule on Prop. 14" (p.3), "Amassador Grew Endorsed JACL during War Years, Aided Issei Naturalization Program as Eloquent Witness before Congress" (p.3), "Watsonville JACL ...
Fred and Setsu Hirasuna interview (ddr-csujad-6-6)
doc Fred and Setsu Hirasuna interview (ddr-csujad-6-6)
Oral history interview with Fred and Setsu Hirasuna. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HIRASUNA_FRED_AND_SETSU
Frank Suzuki interview (ddr-csujad-6-29)
doc Frank Suzuki interview (ddr-csujad-6-29)
Oral history interview with Frank Suzuki. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_SUZUKI_FRANK
Mrs. Akiko Suda (ddr-csujad-8-66)
doc Mrs. Akiko Suda (ddr-csujad-8-66)
Oral history interview with Mrs. Akiko Suda. 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 Suda, Mrs Akiko
Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
doc Momoyo Mizuki (ddr-csujad-8-91)
Oral history interview with Momoyo Mizuki. 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 Mizuki, Momoyo
Hatsu Mochizuki (ddr-csujad-8-92)
doc Hatsu Mochizuki (ddr-csujad-8-92)
Oral history interview with Hatsu Mochizuki. 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 Mochizuki, Hatsu
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-5-49)
Envelope addressed to Dr. Kei Koyama at Camp Livingston from A.C. Goodenough (Andrew "Uncle Chape" Goodenough) in Portland. Postmarked Mar 29, 1943. In place of postage “Internee of War mail/Free” is written in the upper right corner. Written on the left side of the postmark is “4/9-43” in red pencil. Along the left edge of the ...
Notarized statement for Mrs. A.C. Goodenough dated January 28, 1942 in the County of Multnomah, State of Oregon. (ddr-one-5-152)
doc Notarized statement for Mrs. A.C. Goodenough dated January 28, 1942 in the County of Multnomah, State of Oregon. (ddr-one-5-152)
Photocopy of a declassified notarized statement from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough dated January 28, 1942 in Multnomah County, Oregon.
Petition on behalf of Keisaburo Koyama for his immediate release (ddr-one-5-92)
doc Petition on behalf of Keisaburo Koyama for his immediate release (ddr-one-5-92)
Photocopy of a declassified typed letter petitioning for the release of Dr. Kei Koyama, noting that "he is honest and upright, of good character and loyal to his county." The petition asks for leniency on his behalf and that he be released to his wife and three children.
Gene Hamaguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-3)
doc Gene Hamaguchi interview (ddr-csujad-6-3)
Oral history interview with Gene Hamaguchi See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: SCRC_HAMAGUCHI_GENE
Letter from An American Mother to Rev. Wendell L. Miller, May 2, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-1)
doc Letter from An American Mother to Rev. Wendell L. Miller, May 2, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-1)
Vociferous indictment of the Ladies aid of the Methodist Church for holding a luncheon picnic for "Japanese leaving Santa Anita," and similar efforts, stating that such overtures to "entertain enemies of their native land" are "traitor[ous]" and "disgrace the good sense of American woman hood." See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization ...
Letter from Lester Suzuki to Brother [Wendell L.] Miller, May 4, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-3)
doc Letter from Lester Suzuki to Brother [Wendell L.] Miller, May 4, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-3)
Personal letter written from the Santa Anita Temporary Assembly Center and describing early days there, including lack of regular work and schooling schedules and of appropriate food for children; scouts and boys' clubs being in development; religious services on Sundays attracting nearly 2000 people; and the need to wait for community facilities such as laundry and ...
Letter from Lester Suzuki to Mrs. Miller, 1942 May 5 (ddr-csujad-20-18)
doc Letter from Lester Suzuki to Mrs. Miller, 1942 May 5 (ddr-csujad-20-18)
Letter from Lester Suzuki to Mrs. Miller wishing her a speedy recovery and thanking her for letting Mr. Miller help them in many ways. See this object in the California State Universities Japanese American Digitization project site: WLM_01-46_18
Letter from Geo. Yoshioka to Rev. [Wendell] Miller, September 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-10)
doc Letter from Geo. Yoshioka to Rev. [Wendell] Miller, September 22, 1942 (ddr-csujad-20-10)
Personal letter written en route to Granada, Colorado from the Temporary Assembly Center at Santa Anita, describing the train ride thus far, one day into their journey. Included are a description of the food, the terrain in Utah, where they have currently made a stop, and the train itself, a Pullman with two cars out of ...
Postcard to brother Wendell Millermura [Wendell L. Miller], 1942 May 6 (ddr-csujad-20-2)
doc Postcard to brother Wendell Millermura [Wendell L. Miller], 1942 May 6 (ddr-csujad-20-2)
Backside of postcard with cartoon of U.S. plane bombing Tokyo and an angry Japanese citizen reacting, saying "Ho! You cannot do this to me! I am the son of heaven! What the hell?" Postcard is addressed to "My dear brother Wendell Millermura" and describes the writer as "a member of the Christian Church," asking Miller, "Where ...
Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-113)
doc Letter written on behalf of Keizaburo Koyama by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. Page 2 of 4. (ddr-one-5-113)
Photocopy of a declassified letter written to Dr. William G. Everson, President of Linnfield College in McMinneville, Oregon and Chairman of the Alien Enemy Hearing Board by Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Goodenough. This is the second page of a four-letter. The letter continues, stating that early on in their relationship with the Koyamas, Mrs. Koyama confessed ...
Letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to the Honorable Carl Donaugh, United States District Attorney for Portland, Oregon on behalf of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-151)
doc Letter from Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to the Honorable Carl Donaugh, United States District Attorney for Portland, Oregon on behalf of Dr. Keizaburo Koyama (ddr-one-5-151)
Photocopy of a declassified letter signed by Mrs. A.C. Goodenough to the Honorable Carl Donaugh, United States District Attorney for Portland, Oregon. She writes that she has known the Koyama family for 14 years and praises Dr. Koyama for his loyalty, honesty, and the high Christian standards that he has raised his family in. She does ...
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