I am not saying I agree with Executive Order 9066, in fact I strongly disagree with it. It was a breach of basic human rights.However it is also very easy for people nowadays to judge about things retrospectively and for people who never found themselves in the unprecedented times like WWII.
Executive Order 9066 was a US presidential executive order signed and issued during World War II by United States President Franklin D. Roosevelt on February 19, 1942,less then 2 months after the Pearl Harbor attacks which dragged the US into WWII.
The order authorized the Secretary of War to prescribe certain areas as military zones, clearing the way for the incarceration of Japanese Americans, German Americans, and Italian Americans in U.S. internment camps.
Over the years the US has received a lot of negative commentary about these camps, but they were not the only countries to have internment camps for citizens perceived to be as potential enemies. Canada, Great Britain also had these type of camps and some had worse living conditions then the American camps.
George Takei, from Star Trek fame , spent his formative years detained with his family in Japanese-American internment camps during World War II.
In 1942 aged 5 he and his family spent 3 months in a converted Horse race track called Santa Anita Park.
After 3 months the Takei family was transferred to the Rohwer War Relocation Center for internment in Rohwer, Arkansas.The family was later sent to the Tule Lake War Relocation Center in California.
George and his family remained interned until the end of the war.
Life was very hard in the internment camps but they were a far cry from the European concentration camps, therefore comparing them would be completely inaccurate.. People in the internment camps had no threat of death.
In total about 120,000 Japanese Americans ended up in the internment camps as per Executive Order 9066.
Takei had a number relatives living in Japan during World War II. Among them were an aunt and infant cousin who lived in Hiroshima and who were both killed by the atomic bomb attack.
At the end of World War II, Takei and his family returned to Los Angeles.
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