Agree or Disagree • The Japanese-American internment camps are similar to the concentration camps used during the Holocaust. • Please state whether you agree or disagree and explain why. • Discuss your response with your face partner!
Vocabulary • Internment-To place in confinement (to shut or keep in), especially in wartime
How it started • February 19th 1942: Executive Order 9066 moved 120,000 Japanese Americans from their homes into internment camps. • The US justified their action by claiming there was a danger of Japanese Americans spying for Japan • More than 2/3 of those interned were American citizens and 1/2 of them were children. • Some family members were separated and put in different camps.
What was it like to live there? • Life in the camps was hard. • The families had about 2 days to pack for the camps • They were only were allowed to bring what they could carry • They were housed in barracks and had to use communal areas for washing, laundry and eating.
How did it end? • January 1945 : the Public Proclamation 21 became effective in which allowed internees to return to their homes. • At the end of the war some remained in the US and rebuilt their lives • Others were unforgiving and returned to Japan
Were the internment camps necessary? • None of the people interned had ever previously shown disloyalty to the United States. • During the entire war only ten people were convicted of spying for Japan • The ten people were all Caucasian.