Illustrated with black-and-white photographs. Young Shi Nomura was among the 120,000 American citizens who lost everything when he was sent by the U.S. government to Manzanar, an interment camp in the California desert, simply because he was of Japanese ancestry.
Photojournalist Jerry Stanley proves for a second time that he has an amazing gift for revealing history through individual lives. In this book he focuses on the upheaval that high school senior, Shi Nomura, faces when on the brink of engagement, is forced to spend three years behind the barbed wire of Manznar Relocation Camp. The book is filled with emotionally provocative stories and photos that give a strong sense of what it felt like to live through this period of time. Ages 10 up.
Jerry Stanley’s book is supported by true stories from Shi Nomura, Shi’s wife, and Shi’s close friends. The book retells the heartache of being separated from those he desired to be with and being yanked away from the life he once had. However, due to his resilient spirit, he found ways to overcome his oppression and hardships.
Pair with: Under the Blood Red Sun
When World War II was discussed in my upbringing, Japanese internment was never mentioned. I clearly remember the explanation of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Hitlers intended extermination of Jewish people, and America's entry into the war with Japan and Germany.
This book actually starts out with information of Japanese immigrants prior to World War II and the affects of the Pearl Harbor bombing on Japanese-Americans.
Following the Executive Order 9066, Japanese-Americans were required by law to assemble in groups to be transported away from the California coast and be held against their will indefinitely in ramshackle housing camps; loosing their owned property, houses, vehicles, and money. The only thing they were allowed to bring was whatever they could fit into two suitcases.
This book provides an important piece of history to cover when discussing Hitler's deplorable conduct with Jewish people.