Rsquo And Japanese Internment

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America’s past is filled with its triumphs and advances; however America’s past is also filled with its downs. An example of this is the Japanese internment camps which were formed mainly in part of racism and hatred fueled by America’s fear and paranoia that an attack like the one on Pearl Harbor may occur again. As a result of that fear and paranoia, American legislatures produced an inhumane document known as Executive Order 9066 which was carelessly signed by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on February 19,1942. Executive Order 9066 was an unfair and racial statement caused by America’s fear and paranoia. The Order was a formal statement signed by the president commanding all people of Japanese descent…show more content…
The conditions for the prisoners in the Nazi concentration camps were horrible. The Germans treated the imprisoned people as if they were animals, instead of living, breathing humans. The lives of the prisoners were never-ending nightmares. The nightmare began the moment they first stepped onto the train. Cattle cars were used to transport people to the Nazi concentration camps. When they would arrive to places like Auschwitz, they would be separated by gender and then separated by their level of strength. If the Jews were too weak, they were tricked by being told to go into a room where they would be given a shower, but instead would receive large amounts of poison in order to kill them. After that they were taken to the crematorium where they would be burned. The stronger people were stripped of their clothing and taken to real showers. When that was finished, the prisoners were given a set of clothing. Then they were lined up to be tattooed. Their camp identification numbers were tattooed on their forearms. Their loss of identity was then complete. Each person would be identified only by his or her number from that point on. They received very meager amounts of food. For breakfast they had a slice of bread and a cup of coffee made of ground-up acorns and water. The midday meal was soup made of potato peels and beets, and dinner was another slice of bread. People in the camps were always dying of starvation. There was never enough food. Some ate grass and roots to try to stay alive. Many prisoners were forced to do labor. Those who could not complete their tasks were brutally beaten. The guards were very cruel to the prisoners. Beatings were frequent, and the guards would often amuse themselves by threatening the prisoners. They would say that at the end of the day, all of the
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