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The Holocaust and Japanese-American Connections Series: How Could Concentration Camps Happen?

February 18 | 1:00-3:00pm | Kane Hall 120, UW Campus | Free and Open to the public

How Could Concentration Camps Happen? Comparative Jewish and Japanese American histories ask how a society comes to allow the mass incarceration of its own people, a question that is as urgent today as it was 75 years ago. 

The Annual Day of Remembrance marks the date President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 75 years ago, authorizing the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans of the American West Coast in concentration camps during World War II, without due process of law.

Presenting these histories and their social backgrounds for comparison are Dee Simon, Baral Family Executive Director of the Holocaust Center for Humanity, and Dr. Tetsuden Kashima, Professor Emeritus of American Ethnic Studies at the University of Washington. Presenting a comparison between historical cases and the potential for mass incarcerations in contemporary society is Professor Lorraine Bannai of Seattle University.

This is the first in a series of three events planned by the Holocaust Center for Humanity, the Nisei Veterans Committee, the Consulate General of Japan, and the Department of American Ethnic Studies of the University of Washington. Co-sponsoring the Day of Remembrance program is the Seattle Japanese American Citizens League.

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