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During World War II Japanese Americans experienced this sort of fear and hatred in a place they thought of as home.


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.


Roughly a hundred thousand Japanese-Americans ended up in camps. U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066 on February 19, uprooting Japanese Americans on the west coast to be sent to Internment camps. The order led to the internment of Japanese Americans or AJAs (Americans of Japanese Ancestry) in which some 120,000 ethnic Japanese people were held in internment camps for the duration of the war.

from Buffalo Grove, IL Patch

Lunch & Learn: Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp

-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 -

from The Atlantic

World War II: Internment of Japanese Americans

A Japanese family returning home from a relocation center camp in Hunt, Idaho, found their home and garage vandalized with anti-Japanese graffiti and broken windows in Seattle, Washington, on May 10, 1945. (AP Photo)