Psychological Effects of Camp

Kenji Ima was four years old when he was incarcerated with his family at the Puyallup Assembly Center during World War II. In this clip, he talks about the recurring nightmares he had from childhood to young adulthood.

Witnessing the Bombing of Pearl Harbor

As a child living near Honolulu, Hawaii, Grace Sugita Hawley saw the planes that attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Her father was arrested and the family followed him to an incarceration camp on the mainland.

Helping Treat the Victim of a Terrible Accident

Homer Yasui was a young man when he was sent to the Tule Lake concentration camp during World War II. In this clip, Homer remembers a harrowing incident while working as an orderly in the camp hospital.

Densho continues to selectively record the oral histories of Japanese Americans and others who can speak about the World War II incarceration. The stories we collect represent a wide range of perspectives and experiences from a diverse geographic range. Since Densho does not have the resources to interview all candidates, we are currently only able to record the experiences of individuals whose stories are not well documented.

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Conduct Your Own Oral History

Resources and tips for recording your own oral history interview with someone you know.