img Japanese American auto mechanic (ddr-densho-37-557)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A young resident at the Topaz Relocation Center adjusting a carburetor on a well worn War Relocation Authority truck.
img Japanese Americans clearing land (ddr-densho-37-567)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Volunteer workers clearing sagebrush and wild guayule from a section of the lands of the Topaz Relocation Center to be used for truck gardening and animal foreage acreage.
img Camp Boy Scouts receiving badges (ddr-densho-37-554)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Boy Scouts hold court of Honor at Central Utah Relocation Center at Topaz. Deputy Director, James F. Hughes, presents merit badges to first class scouts.
img Construction of an irrigation gate (ddr-densho-37-566)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Vocational training class in farm construction gets some real action at the Topaz Relocation Center. Picture shows them getting practical class work in construction of irrigation gate.
img Japanese Americans working on camp water mains (ddr-densho-37-556)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Young volunteer workers, residents at the Topaz Relocation Center, completing the water mains.
img Japanese American workers loading scrap lumber (ddr-densho-37-555)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. A group of volunteer workers at the Topaz Relocation Center gathering a truck load of scrap lumber from the contractor's scrap pile.
img Japanese American playing golf (ddr-densho-37-464)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. This former California tournament runner-up keeps his golf form by first preparing a short course and then spending all his spare time with his irons and putting clubs.
img Topaz concentration camp project director (ddr-densho-37-559)
Original WRA caption: Topaz, Utah. Charles E. Ernst, Project Director, at his desk in the Administrative building at the Topaz Relocation Center.
Narrator Roy Ebihara
Nisei male. Born January 11, 1934, in Clovis, New Mexico, where father worked for the Santa Fe Railroad. On January 19, 1942, officials rounded up all of the Japanese Americans in Clovis and removed them from the town without warning in the middle of the night in response to an angry mob of townspeople who were …
Narrator Tom Akashi
Nisei male. Born June 7, 1929, in Merced, California. Grew up in Mount Eden, California, and was removed to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Incarcerated at the Topaz concentration camp in Utah, then moved to Tule Lake concentration camp after family volunteered to move to Japan. While at Tule Lake, …
Narrator Norman I. Hirose
Nisei male. Born June 22, 1926, in Oakland, California. Grew up in Oakland and Berkeley, California. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor, removed with family to the Tanforan Assembly Center, California, and Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Signed "no-no" on the so-called "loyalty questionnaire" in 1943 because of mother's wish to have the family move to Japan. …
vh Jun Dairiki Interview (ddr-densho-1021-6)
Jun Dairiki was born in San Francisco in 1934 and was seven years old when the Japanese army attacked Pearl Harbor. Her family was sent to a detention center in Tanforan, then to the camp in Topaz, Utah. Dairiki remembers how her mother told her that, now that she was in camp, she was free of …
Narrator Minoru Kiyota
Kibei male, born October 12, 1923, in Seattle, Washington. Raised primarily in San Francisco, California, spending four years in Hiratsuka, Japan. Was incarcerated with his family at Topaz concentration camp, Utah. Refused to sign the so-called "loyalty questionnaire," and as a consequence was moved to Tule Lake Segregation Center, California. In Tule, he renounced his U.S. …