ADVERTISEMENT


Image: National Archives

In this photograph, families huddle together with their few belongings to wait for buses to the Manzanar internment camp.

“We had one week to get ready,” Morgan Yamanaka remembers. “And what we could carry would include: bedding, eating utensils, and clothing. Questions arose: Where are we going? We don’t know, we’re not gonna tell you. How long are we going? We don’t know, we’ won’t tell you.”

ADVERTISEMENT


Image: National Archives

Japanese Americans can be seen here alighting at the Santa Anita Assembly Center to await transportation to the more permanent camps. Although they were escorted and organized by the military, almost all went along compliantly. Before the evacuation began, Japanese American religious and political leaders had already been rounded up and sent to interments without being allowed to inform their families of where they were going.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT