Beauty Behind Barbed Wire: The Relocation Camp Experience of Estelle Ishigo

Introduction:

Before starting the lessons, discuss the language used in the handouts. Point out to the students that the term "Jap" was commonly used at the time, but would not be acceptable today. Ask the students what "evacuation" means to them. Generally students will respond that it is a term that may be used for moving people in danger. Also discuss the term "relocation" and the connotation of the word "camp." Point out that although the terms used for researching this subject are "Evacuation and Relocation" of Japanese Americans, much of the literature in 1942 called for incarceration or internment in "concentration camps." Point out that these concentration camps cannot be compared to the concentration camps that the Nazis set up for Jews and other minorities.

These lessons may be used to accompany the film, Days of Waiting.

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