Not only is [Mr. Mihara’s presentation] informative, accurate and comprehensive, it is also very moving. This is in part because Mr. Mihara offers first-hand, eyewitness testimony, given that he experienced life in two of the major American concentration camps during WWII – Pomona and Heart Mountain. … He’s a great speaker, he has terrific visual resources which he uses to great effect, and if my students are any gauge, audiences greatly appreciate his candor as well as his expertise.”
– Lane Ryo Hirabayashi, Ph.D., George & Sakaye Aratani Professor and Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies, UCLA
Memories of Heart Mountain Prison Camp
During World War II, by order of the U.S. government, thousands of Japanese Americans were forced from their homes and into 10 prison camps throughout the country. Sam Mihara spent part of his boyhood at Heart Mountain camp in Wyoming. This DVD contains the compelling story of what Sam, his family and many others experienced at the camp. It includes videos for both television and computer viewing and a _le with more than 70 charts in Powerpoint presentation format.
The story begins in Japantown, San Francisco, prior to World War II. It discusses the racial hatred and hysteria that ensued when the war began, Executive Order 9066, the forced removal, the heroic citizens who objected to the removal, transfer to the assembly centers before the permanent relocation to the prison camps. Sam describes the day-to-day life at Heart Mountain in detail, from what the prisoners ate to the medical issues they suffered, and much, much more.
Sam’s story concludes with the question:
“Can such a violation of civil rights happen again?”