Visiting Topaz and Manzanar Relocation Camps

This summer I visited Topaz, Utah where my family was incarcerated and Manzanar, California probably one of the most famous of the 10 camps.  Initially the camps were built from the same basic design by the War Relocation Authority, but each camp took on a look and identity of its own.  Even now you can see the stark contrast between Topaz and its vast desert, flat land and tumble weeds to Manzanar’s mountainous backdrop, trees and remnants of the beautiful ponds and gardens that the former residents built to make it a home.

-Kimiko

Historical marker at Topaz Relocation Center, Topaz, Utah

Historical marker at Topaz Relocation Center, Topaz, Utah

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Topaz Relocation Center, Topaz, Utah

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Site of former War Relocation Center at Topaz, Utah

Main entrance of Manzanar Relocation Center, California

Main entrance of Manzanar Relocation Center, California

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Cemetery and monument at Manzanar Relocation Center

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What is left of a park built by the residents during their incarceration at Manzanar.

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