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Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans during World War II Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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The book is listed for grade 5-8, but even older could learn much and recognize the value of this book. There are lots of photos, but one part bothers me. The author has a very interesting section on the Nisei units - the army units made up of Japanese Americans that fought in WWII and were highly decorated. He gives them credit for being the unit that liberated Dachau and has a touching story of the prisoners there being confused and assuming they were the Japanese army and would kill them.
Army records show the 63rd Infantry Division (not a Nisei unit) as being the unit recognized as the liberating unit by the US Army's Center of Military History and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. On the same day, 29 April 1945, the 522nd Nisei unit liberated a small camp at Lager Lechfeld in Bavaria. This shifting of factual evidence is vexing.
The rest of the book gives excellent descriptions of the settling and success of many of the Japanese immigrants and what they lost in the hysteria after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The laws targeted towards them in the years before the war and the search for remuneration years afterward and the Civil Liberties Act of 1988 are also covered.
The photos and descriptions of the camps themselves along with interviews is excellent, even how the US government t documented conditions in the camps and put pressure on Latin American countries to have intern camps as well.Read more ›
The beauty of this book is how Sandler’s writing helps our student readers access these themes – perseverance, injustice, irony, courage, the effects/impact of displacement, surmounting obstacles, knowledge versus ignorance, determination, ingenuity, etc. The book is crafted in a way that you see how terrible things are and THEN you see what the Japanese Americans do in response (that reveals perseverance, etc.). Next you see how terrible things continue to happen to them and AGAIN you see what the Japanese Americans do in response and WHAT ELSE THEY DO in response AND what else they do in response. Does this make sense?Read more ›