Photo showing internment of ethnic Japanese in America following Presidential Executive Order 9066 (signed and issued by FDR in 1942). Around 120,000 ethnic Japanese were held in internment camps for the duration of the war. 62% were American born citizens. As part of the order 11,000 people of German ancestery were also interned including Jewish refugees.
-Attempting escape, resisting orders, and treason were all punishable by death in internment camps. Guards would face little consequence for killing without just cause - More than 66% of the Japanese-Americans sent to the internment camps in the spring of 1942 were born in the United States and The last Japanese internment camp in the United States was closed in 1945.many had never been to Japan -
Miné Okubo was a Japanese American artist, writer, and social activist whose depiction of life in American internment camps during World War II gave a voice to more than 120,000 Japanese American internees. Her book, Citizen 13660, published in 1946, was the first account of the wartime Japanese American relocation and confinement experience, and is regarded as a landmark work that still resonates with Americans.
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