Documenting The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During WWII In Colorado And Beyond

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Photo: Camp Amache Past 8 - Public Domain
A public domain photo taken by the Department of the Interior. The original caption reads: Shuichi Yamamoto, last Amache evacuee to leave the Granada Project Relocation Center, says "Goodbye" to Project Director James G. Lindley, as War Relocation Authority camp is officially closed October 15, 1945. Mr. Yamamoto, 65 years of age, is returning to his former home in Marysville, California.

“Order 9066” is also the same of a new documentary from American Public Media that Colorado Matters will broadcast starting tomorrow and on subsequent Fridays into August. It chronicles the relocation and incarceration of Japanese Americans and Colorado’s connection, according to Kate Ellis, a co-producer, joins us from Boston.

Ellis says Camp Amache was one of the least repressive of the camps. And Ralph Carr, governor of Colorado at the time, publicly opposed the camps. While he couldn’t stop the placement of the camp in Colorado, he didn’t force Japanese Coloradans into camps, and there was a quicker opportunity for people to be released as well.