Facilities, services, and camp administration

Young Nisei man in front of barrack


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Japanese Americans playing cards at the fire station

This is the interior of Fire Station Number 1. Left to right: (first name unknown) Hikida, unidentified, Yoshio Akada, and Mr. Sano. The fire station was one of the few buildings with a refrigerator. Mr. Sano owned the bathhouse underneath the Panama Hotel in Seattle, Washington, before World War II.
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Suicide by hanging


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Confiscated shortwave radio set


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Impact of incarceration

Letter (with envelope) to Mollie Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943)

Handwritten letter to Molly Wilson from Lillian (Nobie) Igasaki (April 14, 1943). Envelope is postmarked April 20, 1943 from the Manzanar Incarceration Camp in Manzanar, California.
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Mitsue Matsui Segment 13

Food in Topaz concentration camp

Members of the National Japanese American Historical Society (NJAHS) arranged for and conducted this interview in conjunction with Densho.
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Jim Hirabayashi Interview Segment 14

The changing Japanese American communities after World War II; the silence of Japanese Americans about their experiences

This interview was conducted by sisters Emiko and Chizuko Omori for their 1999 documentary, Rabbit in the Moon, about the Japanese American resisters of conscience in the World War II incarceration camps. As ...


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Living conditions

Japanese Americans behind homemade pond

Shown here are Japanese Americans from Block 26 in front of their handcrafted fish pond.
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Interior of camp bathroom


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Laundry room

The Minidoka concentration camp was divided into thirty-six blocks, each with its own communal laundry facility, like the one shown here.
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