Documentary short demonstrating American reasons for interning Americans of Japanese ancestry following the outbreak of war between the U.S. and Japan.


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Milton S. Eisenhower ...


This documentray shows how and why the US authorities 'evacuated' American citizens, who or whos ancestors came from Japan from the Pacific coast to camps east of the Rocky Mountains. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <>

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12 November 1942 (USA)  »

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This short film is featured as an extra on the 2005 DVD release of Unfinished Business (1986). See more »


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American racist propaganda at its worst
11 September 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The British are often castigated for the 18th century relocation of the former French Acadians who refused to take an oath of allegiance to the British crown. However, the relocation by the US Government of American citizens of Japanese descent to concentration camps in remote areas east of the Rockies is a now unremarked scandal. Germans on the East Coast were not so treated. This US Government film tries to justify the forcible uprooting of Americans without any proof of disloyalty (other than grounds of race), in a manner which today appears nauseating and indefensible. The pictures of Americans being forced out of their homes and businesses (which usually had to be sold at a loss) and herded into trains and buses to camps looking just like those in eastern Europe at the time, whilst being justified as humane treatment, recalls Goebbels at his worst. The film bears comparison with "Theresienstadt" (1944) about how well the Jews were being treated in German concentration camps, as an example of how pernicious propaganda can be in teaching people to lie.

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