Home movie shot at the Jerome (Arkansas) Relocation Center, ca. June 1944. Jerome was the last concentration camp for Japanese Americans to open and the first to close; upon its closing, detainees were transported to nearby Rohwer and camps in other states. This Kodachrome film was shot by an unknown cameraperson and found on eBay. Includes shots of camp civilian and military staff, camp buildings, Japanese Americans incarcerated in the camp, a high-school graduation, young people reading the camp newspaper, and incarcerees being transported on trucks and railroad trains for movement to Rohwer and other camps.
This film was possibly shot by Charles R. Lynn, reports officer at Jerome, who had been a reporter for the Arkansas Gazette.
Further information on the Jerome camp may be found here: http://encyclopedia.densho.org/Jerome/
November 4, 2022 Subject:
White washing! And in home movies even!
It's so strange, we start this film by showing us a lot of white people frolicking about, the buildings are nice, the grounds are nicely horticultured, and the people all look very happy!
But then I realized OH WAIT, this is all the STAFF working here. All the Asian people are like, in the dusty camps behind. Silly me! Anyways, for the first few minutes we are introduced to the well groomed staff working at this place. Sort of chilling how "Isn't this all great?" they all look. We then get introduced to the Asian population here, as they are being transported, yes by train, to other camps since this one is being closed down. The Asians look no worse for wear, seem to be taking this all in stride, people dressed up for the train ride. I'm certainly not DEFENDING this point in American History, just making notes on how matter-of-factly the population there are taking this.
That's certainly possible. There is one flash frame at the start of the film showing the Jerome sign, but perhaps some images were shot at Rohwer. The name on the can does match the name of the press officer at Jerome, but perhaps he worked at both camps.
It's also possible that standard government blueprints were used at both camps.
November 19, 2019 Subject:
Maybe some Rohwer Footage?
I have family photos from Rohwer that match exactly some of this footage, specifically what I think was the gymnasium they built https://photos.app.goo.gl/5QQunD6H8SBGC5Vr9 I don't believe my family travelled to Jerome and the story I heard before they passed was my Great Grandfather helped to built the gymnasium https://photos.app.goo.gl/H2ULLqJeXewD1Eex5 Its also possible both camps had the same designed building? Would be interesting to look into.
February 20, 2018 Subject:
Why we call this an American Concentration Camp
It was hard for us to decide how to title this item. When Japanese Americans were incarcerated during WWII, the US Government called this place in Jerome, WY a "Relocation Center." Over time, the common term for these places of mass incarceration became "internment camps." Today, sentiment in the Japanese American community is shifting. "Internment" seems like a euphemism--linguistic subterfuge-- for the incarceration of 120,000 people, and more and more, we are calling them what they were: American concentration camps.
December 18, 2017 Subject:
Are you kidding me?
The government called them internment camps, not the people interred. They were concentration camps. Period. Plus most were born in the United States.
December 9, 2017 Subject:
Internment NOT Concentration
The Internet Archive Team Blog brought me to this posting. I was alarmed when I noted the change made by author W. Hanamera;
The film was described as "Japanese Internment Camp", then soon is described as a "consecration camp" for the remaining of her discussion.
I had always expected Internet Archives to be non-partisan and unbiased, however changing the wording that originally was used to represent the film to something in line with Ms. Hanamera's personal experience is worrisome.