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In February 1942, President Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066 which led to the forced removal and incarceration, without charge or trail, of 120,000 Japanese Americans from the West Coast. 

In this interview, Toby Loftus speaks about his mother Mitzi's imprisonment in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. As a fourth grader in Hood River, Mitzi and her family were forced to leave their home and sent to guarded "relocation centers," first in Tule Lake, California and later in Heart Mountain, Wyoming. He also shares the challenges that his family faced after being released from confinement. 

Related Reading

Stubborn Twig: Three Generations in the Life of a Japanese Family – Lauren Kessler

Tule Lake – Edward Miyakawa 

Just Americans: How Japanese Americans Won a War At Home and Abroad – Robert Asashina 

Nisei Soldiers Break Their Silence: Coming Home to Hood River – Linda Tamura


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