Weird History 22 Shameful Photos Of Japanese Internment Camps During WWII  

Liam Ross
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During an extremely dark period in American history, Japanese internment camps were set up on US soil to segregate and contain around 120,000 Japanese American citizens. An operation rooted in racism and xenophobia, the internment of Japanese American citizens ruined the lives and livelihood of innocent civilians, and is rightly considered one of the worst things the US government has ever done

Images from Japanese internment camps during WWII are harrowing, showcasing both the casual depravity of the US government and the resilience of Japanese Americans between 1942 and 1946. These pictures of Japanese internment camps provide a very real, terrifying window into the lives of these brave people as they struggled against fear, paranoia, and racism. It's important that we don't forget or gloss over this time and place in American history, and indeed that we learn from it so we never repeat it.   

Japanese Americans In San Francisco, Waiting To Be Transported To The Santa Anita Internment Camp


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Photo: Library of Congress/Corbis Historical

American Troops Guarding Japanese Americans On Their Way To The Internment Camps


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Photo: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical

Japanese Americans Had To Close Their Businesses As They Were Forcibly Removed From The Coast


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Photo: Hulton Deutsch/Corbis Historical

An Oakland Grocery Store, Owned By Japanese Americans, Proclaiming Their Patriotism; The Shop Was Shut Down And The Owners Interned


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Photo: Corbis Historical