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Annual Pilgrimage Keeps Memories of WWII Internment Alive

After Japan’s surprise 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor brought the United States into World War II, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order to summarily round up Japanese immigrants and Japanese Americans living along the West Coast. Minidoka, in southern Idaho, was one of 10 main camps built to confine them. At its peak, it held nearly 10,000 people, most of whom were U.S. citizens. Living witnesses to the forced relocation are growing fewer each year. Their descendants...

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