CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 7, 2009 |
U.S. District Judge Robert M. Takasugi, a survivor of a World War II relocation camp for Japanese Americans who was known for his compassion for victims of injustice and his calm demeanor in the face of sometimes outrageous courtroom antics, has died. He was 78. Takasugi died Tuesday at a Los Angeles nursing home after battling numerous ailments over the last year, said his son, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Jon Takasugi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 17, 2009 |
Grace Obata Amemiya was a pre-nursing student at UC Berkeley in 1942 when she, her family and 120,000 other Japanese Americans were forced from their schools and homes and sent to federal internment camps. The wartime relocations destroyed her childhood dream of a University of California diploma. Amemiya, now 88, joyfully returned to UC on Thursday and was named a graduate six decades late.
February 20, 2008
Relocation camp: An article in Tuesday's California section about Japanese American internees sent to Poston, Ariz., during World War II misspelled Mary Higashi's name as Hayashi.
May 11, 2007
Re "Barbed wire and free press," Column One, May 3 How strange and wonderful to see my father, Chet Sakura, quoted in The Times' article about relocation camp newsletters, 64 years after the fact and 32 years after his death. My father and his three brothers all returned safely from the war and went on to live successful and full lives. From the difficult conditions in the relocation camp, my mother moved to Milwaukee and was joined by my father after the war. There they stayed and raised four sons.
April 13, 2002 |
Every year on Holocaust Remembrance Day we mourn the loss of millions of innocent Jews, Catholics, Gypsies, homosexuals, Communists and political opponents who were murdered by the Nazis. The themes of loss, remembrance and sacrifice resonate with greater power than usual this year in light of Sept. 11. While we mourn the loss of loved ones, we should also recall and celebrate the heroism of those who risked everything in the name of confronting and defeating unspeakable evil.
June 9, 2001
Though letter writer Ken Hirsch (Saturday Letters, June 2) is offended by the term "concentration camp" when applied to this country's World War II internment of its Japanese American citizens, Webster's nonetheless defines such a facility as "a camp where persons (as prisoners of war, political prisoners or refugees) are detained or confined." To be sure, Hitler turned them into death camps as well; we did not. However, a day trip to Manzanar--with the remains of its barbed-wire fences and watchtowers (where Army personnel stood guard 24/7 with their rifles pointed in)