Densho Digital Archive
Watsonville - Santa Cruz JACL Collection
Title: Nancy Iwami Interview
Narrator: Nancy Iwami
Interviewer: Megan Asaka
Location: Watsonville, California
Date: July 29, 2008
Densho ID: denshovh-inancy-01-0014

NI: Yes, well, we had to, I think someone came and loaded our large sacks or whatever on a truck and took it to the, what is that, auditorium, that's where we all met. And it was really sad getting on that bus. We were the first ones to leave Watsonville, and my mother-in-law was not that old then, she was in her sixties. She really acted like an old person, I felt sorry for her, you know. So I had to more or less help her a lot, so my husband had the responsibility of carrying, if there was carry-on luggage, well, he took care of that. Got on the bus and as we were going down Main Street, some of those people were still, they were standing around watching us go, Japanese, I don't know how many days it took us before they got us all into Salinas Assembly Center. Oh, it was sad. Tears just, you know, rolled down my eyes to think that I'm leaving, for one. But that's the way I felt. I wasn't bitter, I was more afraid of anything, more than being bitter.

MA: I assume they, the government didn't tell you, really, much of what was going on, right, or where you were headed or for how long?

NI: They told us we were "dangerous enemies" or whatever. They drove us on the bus to Salinas. We got there, oh my gosh. It was shock. It, it was an experience to see all barbed wire and sentries up there on that tower. I was afraid they might shoot us.

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