Densho Digital Archive
Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Mary Nomura Interview
Narrator: Mary Nomura
Interviewer: John Allen
Date: November 7, 2002
Densho ID: denshovh-nmary-01-0013

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JA: Talk a little bit more about the way that the Quakers and similar groups supported people during the evacuation, during the time in camp?

MN: Oh, I'm sure they had so many ways of supporting, just even monetarily, they must have helped a lot of people get started. My memory of that is that they were so supportive of us, being able to get together with people, and we had song fests in the home, it was a huge old home, and the Quakers had ran that. But if you couldn't find a job, they'd try to find a place for you. They even tried to find me a job as a domestic, and they would come to the house and say there's, somebody is looking for someone who wants to take care of children or do housework or ironing or cooking or whatever. And if you feel like you could do that, here's the address, and that's how they did a lot of the work for the people from camp. And I'm sure a lot of them, people who were hiring us, like the gardeners and the housekeepers and all that, must have inquired at the Friends, they must have been more sympathetic towards the group in the hostels. So they called them to find out where we could get these people to help us, and so the people who were hired by, through the Friends, American Friends were, I think, more sympathetic towards the fact that we were out of camp and we needed help. And they were very, very... my husband, where he used to work as a gardener, I mean, we still had nice... I can't say reports or whatever, I'm so at a loss for words. But they were always very supportive of what my husband did, they were always asking me about what this, what was going on, and they would send Christmas cards about their children, they kept it up for many years. We just made good... what is that word? I'm so awful about words. We just kept our friendship going with the people that...

JA: Are you aware of, of support that came from such groups even earlier, during the time of the evacuation or while people were in camp?

MN: No, I didn't know them at that time, know about them at the time.

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