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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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 ...

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
Kay Matsuoka Segment 33 (ddr-densho-1000-48-33)
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Christian missionaries' weekly visits to camp lead to conversion
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.

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 16 (ddr-densho-1000-155-16)
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Father makes more than 150 round trips between Minidoka concentration camp and Seattle, picking up or delivering items for Japanese Americans in camp
Takashi Hoshizaki Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-290-14)
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An African American family visits Pomona, brings apple pie

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 ...

Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 12 (ddr-densho-1000-155-12)
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Family home in Twin Falls becomes a hostel for numerous Japanese Americans throughout the wartime
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-155-13)
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Memories as a child in Twin Falls, Idaho: visiting playmates inside the Minidoka concentration camp every weekend
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 10 (ddr-densho-1000-155-10)
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Family decides to move to Twin Falls, Idaho, following the Japanese Americans to Minidoka concentration camp
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 14 (ddr-densho-1000-155-14)
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Memories of visiting Minidoka concentration camp as a child: eating in the mess hall, picnics by the irrigation canal
Emery Brooks Andrews Interview Segment 11 (ddr-densho-1000-155-11)
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Father experiences prejudice in Twin Falls, Idaho, as a result of his support of the Japanese Americans in the concentration camp
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
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.

Bob Y. Sakata Interview Segment 13 (ddr-densho-1000-216-13)
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Relocating to Colorado after hearing about the policies of Colorado Governor Carr
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"
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