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TITLE
Drawing of witness speaking, cameraman recording
 
DESCRIPTION
Drawing of witness speaking, cameraman recording

"There was a witness, who had countless numbers of mental breakdowns caused by his camp experiences. / I thought it was remarkable, that my Mother and Father had any spirit or inner strength left after Topaz in raising me. / They raised me to believe that America is the best country in the world. / Now -- 37 years later, I started to wonder..."
 
CONTEXT
"In response to the advocacy for redress by a broad spectrum of the Japanese American community, Congress created the Commission on Wartime Relocation and Internment of Civilians (CWRIC) to review and analyze the official government contention, historically accepted, that the exclusion, forced removal, and detention of Americans of Japanese ancestry were justified by military necessity. The Commission was charged with issuing a report to Congress and with making appropriate recommendations based on its findings....
The CWRIC Commissioners held twenty days of public hearings from July to December of 1981, in ten locations, mainly on the East and West Coasts. They heard testimony from over 750 witnesses, most of whom were formerly incarcerated Japanese Americans and Aleuts or Pribilof Islanders, but who included as well former internees brought up from Peru, noted scholars, and a few apologists of the incarceration or internment experience [including Col. Karl Bendetsen and Assistant Secretary of War John McCloy]."
Personal Justice Denied
 
CREDIT
Courtesy of Michiko Kuwahara
 
DATE
November 1981