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Title: Junkoh Harui Interview
Narrator: Junkoh Harui
Interviewer: Donna Harui
Location: Bainbridge Island, Washington
Date: July 31, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-hjunkoh-01-0011

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DH: Let's talk now about Moses Lake, which is sort of the next section. How did you hear about the war?

JH: Well, actually I wasn't totally aware that we were in war in December 7th, 1941.

DH: How old were you?

JH: I was eight years old. So I think the thought that there was war was sheltered from me. And, of course, in those days when you're eight years old, you wonder what you're gonna do to play today and what we're going to eat, and those were the only concerns. The only inkling that something was different was when I was in school, approximately in March 1942, I was told to go home. And I was wondering why I was singled out to go home among my class, and that was when the orders of relocation came, Executive Order 9066. And I wasn't, of course, obviously not aware of Executive Order 9066, but the thing that struck me was that I was told to go home, and I thought I had done something wrong in school. So it was rather a traumatic incident and, of course, obviously it was, because I remembered it.

DH: So as a point of history, Bainbridge Islanders were the first to be relocated.

JH: That's correct.

DH: And I know that 9066 came down March 26, 1942. So you're right, it was March.

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