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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.

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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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Shigeko Kitamoto and her children are evacuated, along with others of Japanese descent, from Bainbridge Island in Washington state, on Mar. 30, 1942. Cpl. George Bushy, member of the military guard that supervised the departure of 237 Japanese-Americans for California, gives her a hand with the youngest.

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A large sign reading "I am an American" is placed in the window of a store in Oakland, California, in March 1942. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, was to be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war.


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.

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This Feb. 18, 1944, image provided by the Tanaka family shows shows the World War II alien registration card for Shonosuke Tanaka, who was among scores of people of Japanese ancestry held in captivity during the war.