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Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Nellie Mitani Interview
Narrator: Nellie Mitani
Interviewer: Richard Potashin
Location: Pasadena, California
Date: February 5, 2010
Densho ID: denshovh-mnellie-01-0024

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RP: How did the living situation differ, or did it, from between Poston and the accommodations that you had in Crystal City?

NM: I think it was a little bit nicer, the room was. And I think we, we were able to do our own cooking, yes. And they had a bed and it was just one room where our bed was here and the kitchen was over on this side, yes. And...

RP: Did you have your own bathroom facilities, too?

NM: I think so. I can't remember. I guess I took a bath, but I don't remember.

RP: You had all that in one, one room?

NM: Yes. I think so.

Off Camera: Were they two stories? 'Cause that one picture of me, they look more like some of the military bases in, in Germany where they were like two or three stories high those buildings.

NM: I don't think so. I think it was just one story.

Off Camera: I wonder where those buildings were then.

RP: I think they had buildings they called Victory Huts. They were just small units like you were...

NM: In Crystal City.

RP: In Crystal City.

NM: Yes. I think so. Yeah, yeah. I don't know whether there was people living on the other side of the building or not. But on my side I think it was just my room that I remember.

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