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Internment camps
April 24, 2011
12:54 pm
Rosie77
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I am not talking about Hitler's death camps, but the camps created by the US government that were built  to house Japanese Americans after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Does anyone remember these or were they interred there? I think it is a horrible period of our history and it is very closely mirrored by post 9/11 cries for justice against all Muslims, even those living in America. What do you think?

April 26, 2011
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There were lots of prisoner of war camps in England and Scotland. It wasn't nice for them to be held for so long, but sadly that was a grim reality of war. They were looked after a lot better than some of our soldiers who were taken prisoner. Some stayed after the war and settled her.

April 26, 2011
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I have not really heard a lot about these.  I do not think that anything could have been as bad as Hitler though but I could be wrong.

May 5, 2011
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empirestate
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justontime said:

There were lots of prisoner of war camps in England and Scotland. It wasn't nice for them to be held for so long, but sadly that was a grim reality of war. They were looked after a lot better than some of our soldiers who were taken prisoner. Some stayed after the war and settled her.


 

That's not what he means I believe. We're talking about internment camps, where the US government forcibly moved Japanese Americans to camps. It was found to be extremely unconstitutional and wrong. Rosie, I really like your paralell to muslims after 9/11, because similar sentiment occured.

 

These were actually very close in comparison to Nazi racial policy and concentration camps than you'd expect. Though the treatment in the US internment camps was obviously much better, as in, people were fed, conditions were not poor, etc. There were instances of prisoner abuse, but nothing like the Nazis. The same principle of singling people out due to their race, and then separating them from their friends and neighbors and locking them away from everyone else in a single area, remained.

May 6, 2011
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It's very easy to panic and overreact when you are threatened. It's easy to blame every member of a country for what their leaders do and, even now, I know people who still hate the Germans though I have to say that my late father, who fought the Germans in WWII had a German girlfriend when he died aged 84.

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