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Mary Tamaki Murakami oral history interview, part 2 of 3, April 16, 2008
Murakami discusses the unique aspects of her father while growing up such as asking for her opinion on world events. Next, as the Pearl Harbor attacks occurred, her family would discuss loyalty and the war, while the FBI would round up the Issei's with ties to Japan. As the Tamaki family prepared for their relocation, they would sell many of their belongings and put their most prized possessions at a local church, which ended up getting vandalized during the war. Once executive order 9066 was implemented, the Tamakis would make their way to Tanforan temporary detention center and then to Topaz concentration camp. Murakami discusses the living conditions at the camp, including food, building furniture, and social events.
Oral History Item Type Metadata
Date of Birth
1927 Jun 03
Location of Birth
Entrance into Service
Murakami, Mary Tamaki: narrator, Horsting, Richard: interviewer, and Go For Broke National Education Center: publisher, “Mary Tamaki Murakami oral history interview, part 2 of 3, April 16, 2008,” Japanese American Military History Collective, accessed March 28, 2023, https://ndajams.omeka.net/items/show/1056072.