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Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Presented by Elmhurst Public Library at Elmhurst Public Library, Elmhurst IL

May 22 2023
Life in a Japanese-American Internment Camp

Join Elmhurst Public Library as they welcome historian and librarian Sarah Okner, a descendant of internees. Sarah shares photos and details of daily life in an internment camp, and discusses the profound effects it had on those living there.

In 1942, following Pearl Harbor, members of Sarah Okner’s family along with more than 120,000 other people of Japanese heritage living on the west coast were forcibly removed from their homes and relocated to remote camps where they would spend the rest of the war. Roughly two-thirds of those incarcerated were second- or third-generation Japanese American citizens, born in the U.S., many of them children.

Okner’s multimedia lecture Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp brings together

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Admission is free.

Live in-person or virtually via Zoom.

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Contact: 630-279-8696


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Elmhurst Public Library

25 S Prospect Ave, Elmhurst, IL 60126

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