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"Courage is something strong within you that brings out the best in a person. Perhaps no one else may know or see, but it’s those hidden things unknown to others, that reveals a person to God and self."
- Yuri Nakahara Kochiyama
  Diary entry, May 3, 1942

Boys behind barbed wireWith the signing of Executive Order 9066, over 110,000 Japanese Americans were forced into exile in their own country, deprived of basic civil liberties.

In spite of the tremendous economic loss, emotional trauma and harsh living conditions, the strength and faith of the human spirit are evident in the former internnees’ photos, home movies and stories.

This section introduces the enormous moral conflicts which the internees faced behind barbed wire: the "loyalty oath," segregation camp, volunteering for military service, resisting the draft, and challenging the constitutionality of EO 9066 in the courts.

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