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Title: Nobu Suzuki Interview I
Narrator: Nobu Suzuki
Interviewer: Dee Goto
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: June 3, 1998
Densho ID: denshovh-snobu-01-0023

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DG: What did you do as far as relocation work?

NS: What do you mean?

DG: You said the WRA set up an office.

NS: The first thing, yes. They did -- the WRA also opened an office on Second Avenue with some social workers, and people who wanted to relocate were invited to come. And they were given, oh, $50 or whatever toward train fare to go wherever they wanted to go. So I helped in that office for a while. Then until it -- well, I helped there until it was time -- about a month before, they said, "Well, everybody's going to be evacuated." So, about that time I decided I'd better get my family together and pack, and do things like that; arrange for our own furniture and things to be stored. And that's what I did.

DG: You didn't think of relocating yourself?

NS: No. No, we thought about that, but my husband said, "No." People by that time had pleaded with him, "You better stay with us and go with us wherever." They would feel a lot better if he went with them. So he felt that it was his moral obligation to go with them and so that's why he went. So that's why we just packed our things and went to...

DG: Where were you living at this time?

NS: We were living on Eighteenth and Lane. We were in a little rented flat across the street from my mother so that she could take care of the children. I was just across the street.

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