This is the story of Walter Kondo, one of at least 112,000 Japanese Americans taken from their homes and sent to remote internment camps during World War II. Most of these individuals lost their property and spent two or more years incarcerated behind walls and barbed wire simply for being of Japanese descent.

In December 2006 the US Congress voted funds to preserve the internment camps as a memorial to one of the low points of our history.  According to California Representative Doris Matsui,  “Those who come after us will have a physical reminder of what they will never allow to happen again.”

Walter, at right, today. Below left, Walter in 1950 and Walter at his father's funeral. Below, a map of the Minidoka internment camp and a photo of camp buildings flooded after an Idaho rain.

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Copyright 2006, ACLU of Massachusetts