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Sat Jul 6, 2013, 11:35 AM

91. concentrate on full truths

gejohnston .. for real? Actually they were not always Japanese citizens. Many if not all were either naturalized or native born Americans and Canadians.

Then your 'for real' argument is with the vietnam vet/cop Weiss, since he first put it this way: {weiss} added .. imprisoning Japanese citizens in World War II..

I put it as 'jap ams' & 'japanese americans' when I wrote, why'd you ignore that, mr fair (cough) & balanced (cough). I believe true japanese citz were allowed option to return to japan, iirc. Japan perhaps faced similar problems in accepting 'americanized' sons of returning citizens, perhaps disallowed some, dunno.

johnston:FDR labeled them as concentration camps.

You relate half the story, which was prior to knowledge of what concentration camps were: FDRoosevelt, Eisenhower and Harold Ickes each referred to the American camps as "concentration camps," at the time. When the nature of the Nazi concentration camps became clear to the world, and the phrase "concentration camp" came to signify a Nazi death camp, most historians turned to other terms to describe Japanese internment.

We can presume FDR changed his tune, imo. Actually wiki is half off as well, since concentration camps were indeed different from death camps. Prisoners died in concentration camps for sure (generally due to medical 'experiments' or disobedience/punishment) but not to the extent of death camps, which were dedicated to mass killing. Sobibor, Treblinka, Auschwitz, Belsen(or belzac,slt), Maidanek, Chelmo, & Matthausen were death camps, while ravensbruck was a concentration camp.

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