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Summer Internees: 1942

Summer Internees: 1942

July 1942. "Rupert, Idaho. Former CCC camp now under FSA management. Japanese-American farm workers swimming." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.


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The camps

A former Japanese American co-worker said that from her personal experience once people arrived at the internment camps friendships were made and people generally made the best of a terrible situation. She said she met her future husband while there and that her family was able to buy a few simple comforts of home from the Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogues. Many of the San Diego children regularly corresponded with Miss Breed, a kindly downtown librarian who later published some of those letters in a book entitled "Dear Miss Breed." She remained close to some of those former children the rest of her life.

They seem relatively happy

despite being interred for no real good reason. I wonder if they were asked to smile for the camera.

[You might want to check the difference between "interred" and "interned." - Dave]

Beam me up!

The an on the left could be a relative of George Takei. He spent time in an internment camp as a child.

I hope they found some fun

Hard to be happy when your family is interned for no other reason than being Japanese. Unless I have my facts wrong. Good photo though!!

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