Regarding "Internment: Personal Voices, Powerful Choices" by Betty Cuniberti, Oct. 4: The Japanese-Americans interned during World War II were indeed unfair victims of the war. There were also thousands of unfair victims of the war in many other countries, put into prisons by Japanese occupiers, civilians of nations not at war with Japan.
Although Japanese-Americans were interned, the camps they were housed in were not primitive and they were not starved. Their children had food, were allowed to attend schools and religious services, and had medical and dental health service.
This was not the case with the civilians who were imprisoned by the Japanese in Singapore and Java. Families were rounded up in a similar fashion as were Japanese-Americans. But that is where the similarity ended. Our families were split up--fathers in one camp, mothers and daughters in another, and boys over a certain height in another camp still.
We were moved from camp to camp, where conditions grew progressively worse. Grogol camp in Java was an asylum. Tangerang was a jail, where we were housed two layers high in about 48-inch-wide spaces on roll-up mattresses, and had to crawl along the length of the upper edge to get down via a ladder on the end. Toilet facilities consisted of a cement slab on each side of a hole in the ground. Adek camp consisted of flea-riddled bamboo barracks.