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Three children eating in mess hall
Three children eating in mess hall

Minidoka Relocation Center, Hunt, Idaho. Christmas, 1944.
"It is not the American way to have children growing up behind barbed wire and under the scrutiny of armed guards. Living conditions in the centers almost preclude privacy for individuals, and family life is disrupted. Family meals are almost impossible in the dining halls, and children lack the normal routine home duties which help to build good discipline. One of the major worries of parents in the relocation centers is the way the children are "getting out of hand" as a result of the decrease in parental influence and the absence of the normal regimen of family economy and family life."
Dillon S. Myer, Director of the WRA, one year anniversary statement of the WRA
Courtesy of National Archives
Christmas 1944