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22 Chilling Pictures Of Life At Japanese Internment Camps

During the 1940s, more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans were relocated by the US to internment camps during World War II.

During World War II, the United States detained more than 110,000 Japanese-Americans, regardless of their citizenship, and relocated them to one of 10 designated internment camps for the duration of the war. It is considered to have been one of the largest violations of civil liberties in the nation, and in 1988, Congress issued a formal apology and offered restitution to the survivors and their families.

Here's a chilling look back at that period:

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Luggage of Japanese Embassy staff (left) waits on the street as staffers leave Washington, DC, for a Hot Springs, Virginia, internment camp on Dec. 29, 1941. A woman and child (right) arrive at the internment camp at Tule Lake, California.

Ansel Adams / Library of Congress
Ansel Adams / Library of Congress

Mr. Akitsuki (left) pauses for a portrait at the Japanese internment camp in Tule Lake. A Red Cross worker (right) administers aid at in Tule Lake.