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Japanese-Americans Internment
in Concentration Camps During WWII


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You are surprised how come that there are only a few Japanese outside their barracks on this photo on the right? Well, that is because all others are inside the barracks plain piano, singing and delightedly sewing American flags...
  For the future.

Nice photos for the future
Official B/W photos taken by the U.S. War Relocation Authorities (WRA)

Housing is provided for the evacuee residents of the centers in tarpaper-covered barracks

A forgotten photo
Before the departure to  "the relocation camps" all Japanese-Americans had to surrender  their photo cameras (and radios) to the U.S. authorities who confiscated it

Before the departure to "the relocation camps" all Japanese-Americans had to surrender their photo cameras (and radios) to the U.S. authorities who confiscated it. This is a rare photo of that procedure. (U.S. Museum of History and Industry, photo 28030) So did all these Japanese-Americans relocated to the "Camp Harmony". But, Eddie Sato, an artist who grew up in Seattle, while an inmate at the Puyallup Assembly Center, served as staff artist on the Camp Harmony News Letter and sketched scenes of daily life. A sketchbook came to the Washington Libraries via Frank Miyamoto in 1975, and eight pen and ink drawings were donated by the artist in 1996.

Camp Harmony News Letter Souvenir Edition.
Drawings by Eddie Sato and other members of the art staff: Keith Oka, Sho Kaneko, Hisashi Hirai, Ed Tsutakawa and Moe Naito.
Cover page
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Sketchbook drawings
"Hold That Line"
May 1942 drawing of a clothes line.
"Outdoor-House Cleaning! on Pitcher Field"
June 1942 drawing of futons airing on a sports field.
"Getas, Getas, Getas and More Getas"
July 1942 drawing of man making getas, Japanese wooden clogs.
"Entrance to Area A - Camp Harmony - Puyallup, Washington"
June 1942, depiction of the entrance gate of the camp.
"Laundry House Between 2nd & 3rd Ave."
June 1942 drawing of the laundry house.
"'Shogi' - Puyallup Way - North End - West Side of Avenue"
June 1942 drawing of two men playing shogi, Japanese chess.
Drawings donated in 1996
"Entrance to Area A - Camp Harmony, Puyallup,"
dated August 31, 1942.
"Sumo Tournament - Pitcher Field,"
dated July 4, 1942.
"Laundry Room - Between 2nd and 3rd Ave.,"
dated August 29, 1942.
"Latrine and Shower Rooms,"
dated August 29, 1942.
"Laundry Room - 6th Avenue,"
dated August 29, 1942.
"On Pitcher Field - note
(Majestic Mt. Rainier in background),"

dated August 29, 1942.
"Looking down 6th Avenue,"
dated August 30, 1942.
"Mess Hall No. 4,"
dated August 29, 1942.

  Island evacuees boarding ferry under army guard "The largest controlled migration in history" "During the spring and summer of 1942, the United States Government carried out, in remarkably short time and without serious incident, one of the largest controlled migrations in history. This was the movement of 110,000 people of Japanese descent from their homes in an area bordering the Pacific coast into 10 wartime communities constructed in remote areas between the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the Mississippi River."
Relocation of Japanese-Americans,
War Relocation Authority (WRA) ,
Washington D.C., May 1942

Plywood Palace
Mario's note: Syntagm " Ethnic Cleansing " was invented by Western diplomats 50 years later, referring to war crimes during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Croatia.