Tuesday, July 4, 2017

US History: Manzanar

One of the sites to which Japanese Americans were confined by the Roosevelt Administration during World War II.  Roosevelt referred to them as "Concentration Camps," this sign calls it a "War Relocation Center" and we also heard the term "Internment Camps" to refer to this shameful part of recent U.S. History.

I stayed outside the Visitor's Center with Puck while the girls toured it.  They were in there for a long time and came out full of information. They were most horrified that the families had to leave their pets behind.  A sign at the entrance summarizes:  "In 1942, the US Government ordered over 110,000 men, women, and children to leave their homes and detained them in remote, military-style camps.  Two-thirds of them were born in America.  Not one was convicted of espionage or sabotage.  For 10,000 of them, Manzanar would be their new home."

I read this NPR article earlier this year about Manzanar.  Worth the read, worth the visit.

Origami cranes, symbols of hope and healing

The map shows how massive the original site was.  Very little is left.

Barbed wire, guard towers, a complete loss of civil rights, and impossible choices.

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