The Shameful History of WWII Japanese American Internment

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Image: US War Relocation Authority

What this meant, in practice, is that between 110,000 and 120,000 Japanese Americans were removed from their homes and placed first into ‘assembly centers’, and then ‘relocation centers’ (or internment camps as they are now more commonly called) where they would spend the duration of WWII.

These images show some of those internees and the conditions they were forced to endure. Although some of the photographed detainees are seen smiling, we can’t assume that this is due to any level of comfort with their situation – which, as we shall see, was fraught with discomfort and difficulties.

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