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Manzanar National Historic Site Collection
Title: Dennis Bambauer Interview II
Narrator: Dennis Bambauer
Interviewer: Richard Potashin
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
Date: August 12, 2009
Densho ID: denshovh-bdennis-02-0005

DB: The way the orphanage was designed was to have three sections. And one section for small children. These were children in diapers and, and maybe five years old, up to five years old. And that was of course mixed. I mean we, we could put little kids together. Then the next level was, I'm going to say probably around the fifth grade level. So you had the primary kids in the one area. Then the next grade level up to like around the fifth grade. And then the next grade level, and then finally the last grade level which was the near eighteen year olds. And our, our barracks were arranged so they were all interconnected. And in the center of the barracks was our counselor's office. And I call him a counselor because I don't know what else but he was a counselor to us. And his name was John Nagayama. And John was our director. He was our disciplinarian. He just, we all, at least I identified him and I identified that he was a fair person.

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