Japanese Internment Camps
In the years following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, American responded with a lot of racism and hatred toward anyone with Asian ancestry, especially Japanese-Americans. Anyone who was Japanese-American was rounded up and sent to concentration camps spread across the western part of the United States, where they were kept until the war was over. This was done to make sure that they were not spies and could not harm the US in any way during the war.
Life in the Internment Camps
Life was crowded and harsh, but people found ways to make it work. They played sports, set up schools, worked in farms/gardens, and practiced whatever trades or skills they could within the camps.
Modern Day Connections
The story of the Japanese-American Internment camps is not one that is very widely taught or known. Their stories are, however, being told to the world. George Takei, an prominent actor and American of Japanese ancestry, has produced and is starring in a production on Broadway called Allegiance. It tells the story of a family in an Internment Camp through a musical and its goal is to get the word out about the injustices that were practiced by the US Government in the 1940s and 1950s.
"Liberation of Nazi Camps." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Council, 20 June 2014. Web. 01 May 2015.