Essay On Immigrant Experience

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During World War Two Hitler ordered the relocation of approximately six million Jews to concentration camps, treated them as slaves and made them work until they died from exhaustion, and ultimately, in the later years of the War, had them mass murdered using cruel methods such as, shooting, burning, and gas poisoning. There is mass awareness about the Holocaust in America. Students in school are certain to hear about Hitler’s baseness and the genocide that he ordered among the Jews in Germany, and how the United States joined the War and prevented the continuity of the Holocaust. Limited information is taught, however, on the misdeeds and atrocities that occurred in the US mainland. The US, like Germany, evacuated people from their houses…show more content…
The Order inflicted destitution on more than 120,000 Japanese who resided in the West Coast. “Of this number 70,000 of them were American Citizens” (The Immigrant Experience: The Japanese Americans, 54). Furthermore, General DeWitt expressed his exposition for the internment program by his infamous statement “A Jap is a Jap”. He further emphasized his resentment and ignorance by making the statement “There is no way to determine their loyalty.... It makes no difference whether he is an American; theoretically he is still Japanese and you can’t change him by giving him a piece of paper” (Japanese American Women: Three Generations, 126). The ability for the American public to find any solace in this statement clearly proves the lack of understanding the white Americans possessed of the distinctions between the Japanese in Imperial Japan, and the Japanese-Americans in the nation. What General Dewitt, and the millions of Americans during the War, failed to see is that there is no great distinction between white-Americans and Japanese except what meets the eyes: the color of the

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