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Title: Kara Kondo Interview
Narrator: Kara Kondo
Interviewers: Alice Ito (primary), Gail Nomura (secondary)
Location: Seattle, Washington
Date: December 7 & 8, 2002
Densho ID: denshovh-kkara-01-0031

KK: I was in Block 14, and when we moved in we were, we got off the train and were put on backs of trucks, I think it was. And the wind was blowing and the dust was blowing and we were assigned our apartment. And, as you know, we were in the regular barrack-type with small apartment housing up to three or so on the end. And then there were bigger units that would house up to five, I believe. And then smaller sizes. But the tarpaper wasn't on it yet, nor... and you could see the cracks between the boards and the dust sifting in. You were given a army cot, and, I think, mattresses. We had a mattress there at the time. And the potbellied stove was your heat. And one single light bulb dangling from the ceiling -- no, I guess our ceiling was complete. I can't remember, yes. It probably was, had the rough boarding up there. But, but it seemed like it was so dusty, and the wind blew the dust around and, and, and having to go out to the latrine and to... for showering and to all the laundry facilities.

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