Title: "Japs Don't Want to Return to California, Says Ernst," Seattle Times, 5/12/1943, (ddr-densho-56-914)
Densho ID: ddr-densho-56-914

Japs Don't Want to Return to California, Says Ernst

LOS ANGELES, May 12.--(AP)--To those Californians worrying about the return of Japanese after the war, a relocation-camp official makes this reply: Thousands don't want to come back.

"The young Japanese-Americans look at the situation realistically," says Charles F. Ernst, director of the War Relocation Authority's center at Topaz, Utah. "Most of them want to go east and settle.

"Getting them out of their old ruts will make American citizens of them. I think America needs them, but I think they should be sent somewhere other than California."